On Saturday, a deadly crash involving a limo and two pedestrians resulted in 20 deaths in New York. The limo in question was a massive 2001 Ford Excursion vehicle, but recent reports indicate it was abhorrent condition.
According to reports, the limo “shouldn’t have been on the road.” The limousine company, Prestige Limousine, has been shut down pending state and federal investigations.
Driver in Deadly Limo Crash Not Properly Licensed
According to the ongoing investigations, the driver of the limousine was not properly licensed to be driving the vehicle. The limousine was transporting a party of seventeen people between wineries, which is a favorite tourist attraction of the region. The other two victims were pedestrians outside a local country store.
The crash occurred Saturday, just before 2 P.M., when the limo hit an empty, parked Toyota Highlander and sent it crashing into two pedestrians. Both pedestrians were killed, as were the occupants of the limo. According to authorities, the limo ran a stop sign at fifty miles per hour moments before the crash. The intersection where the incident occurred is T-shaped and at the bottom of a hill. It seems likely the brakes of the vehicle failed.
According to investigators, the limo, created from a 2001 Excursion, was modified in such a way that caused it to be significantly lengthened. This alteration is likely to blame for how unsafe it was.
Prestige Limousines Has Failed Multiple Inspections
The limo involved in the crash actually failed a safety inspection just last month. In the past two years, Prestige has had five inspections and had four vehicles pulled from the road. Regarding the incident, Prestige has has offered a statement. It “extends its deepest condolences to the family members and friends of those who tragically lost their lives” on Saturday. “We are performing a detailed internal investigation to determine the cause of the accident and the steps we can take in order to prevent future accidents.”
The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, stated: “In my opinion, the owner of this company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road. Prestige has a lot of questions to answer.”