Limo company operator charged with criminally negligent homicide; additional charges possible

Investigators have charged Nauman Hussain, 28, with criminally negligent homicide in connection to the deadliest U.S. transportation crash in almost a decade.

State police announced the charges at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. They say Hussain, who was running Prestige Limousine in his father’s absence, was issued written violations by New York State Police and the New York State Department of Transportation that the driver involved in Saturday’s deadly crash should not have been operating the type of vehicle involved in Saturday’s crash.

Additionally, investigators say NYSDOT placed the limousine out of service in September, and it should not have been on the road when it crashed Saturday afternoon in Schoharie, killing all 18 people in the vehicle and two pedestrians.

Hussain, the son of the owner of the limousine company, was taken into custody Wednesday during a “controlled traffic stop.” Police say his father remains out of the country. The investigation is ongoing.

Hussain’s lawyer, Lee Kindlon, says investigators have “jumped the gun,” and his client is not responsible for the deaths. Kindlon says they continue to cooperate with police and the NTSB who are still determining the exact cause of the crash.

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