Son of limo company owner charged in crash that killed 20 people
LATHAM, N.Y. (WRGB) - A media frenzy as family of the owner of Prestige Limousine, involved in the Schoharie crash that killed 20, left the State Police Troop G headquarters in Latham, where they’d just been questioned by investigators.
New York State Police Superintendent George Beach announced police arrested 28-year-old Nauman Hussain Wednesday morning on I-787.
Police said Hussain was handed written violations and explained why they charged him with criminally negligent homicide.
“The driver he hired should not have been driving the type of vehicle involved in Saturday’s crash, and that vehicle was placed out of service by the Dept. of Transportation this year and should not have been on the road,” Beach said.
Nauman is the son of Shahed Hussain, the owner of Prestige Limousine. State Police say Nauman operated the business in the Capital Region.
“The sole responsibility for that car being on the road Saturday rests with Nauman Hussain,” Beach said.
Nauman’s girlfriend and brother Harris Hussain were with Nauman when he was arrested on the interstate, and were released after questioning. They did not stop to answer our questions.
Nauman’s defense attorney Lee Kindlon did speak to reporters.
“My clients are assumed to be innocent so how do I defend them? Happily and with pride!” Kindlon said.
Kindlon indicated he was not expecting his client to be arrested, saying police “jumped the gun”. He said Nauman has been living in the Capital Region since he was 3-years-old.
”He played football for CBA, he renovates homes in Saratoga. This guy is as Albany as I am,” Kindlon said.
Kindlon said Nauman had a hand in helping his father operate the company, but said the father had been running the day-to-day operations from Pakistan since before the crash.
”The owner wants to make it known if he needs to come back, pending some health concerns, he is willing and able to do that,” Kindlon said.
Kindlon said the charge is a Class D felony and said there could be from 1-20 counts because of the number of victims.
State Police did not say whether Shahed Hussain would also face charges and did not say whether he’s been ordered to come back to Albany.
Kindlon says his clients have been receiving death threats. He said his client is “not guilty” and pointed the finger at the NYSDOT, saying the state could be responsibility for the crash because of concern the intersection where the crash happened is dangerous.