NEW YORK– According to Patch.com, parents of one of the victims of the of the tragic stretch limo accident that killed 20 people has filed a lawsuit against the father and son who own the limousine company. The victim, Amanda Rivenburg was 29 when she was killed in the crash.
In addition to Rivenburg, the driver of the vehicle, all of the other 16 passengers, and 2 pedestrians died in the incident. The group was traveling in a stretch SUV that was modified when it sped through an intersection and rammed into a Toyota Highlander parked on the street. The Highlander then hit to pedestrians.
Robert Sumwalt, a representative with the National Transportation Safety Board, said that the crash caused the highest number of fatalities of any transportation-related accident since 2009.
Shahed Hussain, the owner of the limo company, Prestige Limo, is currently in Pakistan, according to the New York State Police. The owner’s son, Nauman Hussain, operates the company. Police filed charges against Nauman for criminally negligent homicide.
The civil lawsuit was filed against both the father and the son and alleges that they are liable for reckless indifference.
Officials have stated that the vehicle should not have been on the road and that its driver should not have been permitted to operate the vehicle.
The vehicles had failed an inspection the month before the crash and did not have a federal certification. The driver “did not have the proper license to operate the stretch limousine.” The wife of the driver said that her husband had frequently complained that the vehicles were not properly maintained. The possibility of both criminal and civil charges was discussed within days of the crash.
The intersection is also known as one that is particularly dangerous.
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