(AP) The New York State Police superintendent says a limousine service operator is solely responsible for a troubled limo being on the road during a crash that killed 20 people.
Superintendent George Beach spoke Wednesday after Nauman Hussain’s arrest on a criminally negligent homicide charge involving all 20 victims in Saturday’s wreck.
Beach says that Hussain hired a driver who wasn’t properly licensed for the limo, and that it shouldn’t have been on the road after being declared “unserviceable” last month.
Hussain’s lawyer, Lee Kindlon, says that his client isn’t guilty and that police “jumped the gun in charging him.”
Kindlon says the 28-year-old Hussain handled marketing and phone calls while his father ran Prestige Limousine.
Beach says “the sole responsibility for that motor vehicle being on the road on Saturday rests with Nauman Hussain.”