NY- The nydailynews.com writes that the limousine that was involved in a horrific accident that tragically killed 20 people never had the proper brake work conducted on it prior to the date of the crash. The work was billed, and an invoice was issued for a brake master cylinder, but the piece was not installed in the vehicle. Five months after the job was billed but not performed, the vehicle flew past a stop sign, across a parking lot and struck an embankment where all eighteen occupants were killed, along with two people who were in the parking lot and were hit by the 2019 Ford Excursion Limousine.
The DA found that the piece was purchased by the servicing shop, but that the manager who bought the piece later learned that the work was never conducted. The shop reportedly falsified its sales records in order to meet a quota.
The tragedy led to a lawsuit against the owner of the company, alleging that the company had permitted a vehicle that was not fit for service to be used, and that the driver hired was not licensed to operate the vehicle. The owner of the limo company’s attorneys are now arguing that the real cause of the crash was not the company owner’s actions, but the negligence and fraud of the maintenance shop.
Records that have appeared in the investigation indicate the limo failed two inspections the year prior to the accident. In March of 2018, the inspection showed that the hydraulic brakes were not functioning. The company’s safety records have also come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the tragedy.
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