TIL Owner of NY limo company that killed 20 in 2018 got 5 years probation and 1,000 hours of community service

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  1. In the early afternoon of October 6, 2018, a stretch limousine crashed at the junction of New York state routes 30 and 30A, north of Schoharie and 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Albany. The crash killed 20: the driver, all 17 passengers, and two pedestrians who were in a nearby parking lot. The passengers were on their way to celebrate a birthday at Brewery Ommegang near Cooperstown. Among them were four sisters and two recently married couples. The crash was the deadliest transportation-related disaster in the United States since the 2009 Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash outside Buffalo killed 50; it was also the deadliest road transportation disaster in the U.S. since a 2005 bus fire in Wilmer, Texas, killed 23 nursing home residents evacuating from the path of Hurricane Rita.

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in an October 8 news conference that the limo was a “chopped vehicle”, cut and extended to 34 feet (10 m) long, 15 feet (4.6 m) more than its original length, with added seats. It would thus need a federal certificate to operate, which it lacked. The Excursion had also failed inspection in September 2018 due to the absence of this certificate along with mechanical problems including a perpetually lit antilock brake warning indicator light, a dangling brake line, defective emergency exits and defective windshield wipers; hence, the limo was illegal to operate on public roads in the state until those issues were corrected. Similar issues had been found in a March spot inspection and the Excursion had been driven 1,300 miles (2,100 km) since then. In March, the vehicle had been cited for having 18 seats installed, in excess of its designed passenger capacity of 10. Different license plates were affixed to the limousine at its March and September inspections.

    His sentencing:

    In September 2021, Hussain pleaded guilty to 20 counts of criminally negligent homicide in exchange for five years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service that will include public speaking appearances. He will be barred from working in the transportation industry. The plea bargain was criticized by victims’ families for not including mandatory prison time, although Hussain may yet be imprisoned if he violates its terms

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