Son of owner of limo in deadly New York crash taken into custody

Here’s a video of what the intersection in Schoharie, NY, looks like after 20 people were killed in a limousine crash there on Oct. 6, 2018. Rochester Democrat and...

Here’s a video of what the intersection in Schoharie, NY, looks like after 20 people were killed in a limousine crash there on Oct. 6, 2018. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The son of the owner of limousine company in the deadly crash that killed 20 people on Saturday was arrested Wednesday by State Police.

Nauman Hussain was taken into custody earlier Wednesday morning, his attorney Lee Kindlon confirmed to the USA TODAY Network’s Albany Bureau.

State Police later confirmed Hussain, operator of Prestige Limo, was taken into custody following a controlled traffic stop on Interstate 787 near Albany.

Police said charges are pending.

Hussain ran the Saratoga County limousine company owned by his father, Shahed Hussain, who was in Pakistan at the time of the crash. State Police said Monday that the deadly crash, the worst in the U.S. in nine years, was being investigated as a criminal case as questions about the condition of the 2001 Ford Excursion limousine have drawn heavy scrutiny by investigators.

State Police confirmed Wednesday that the limousine’s driver, Scott Lisinicchi, had been stopped by a state trooper in Saratoga Springs in late August after he had driven 11 people in the same vehicle and cited for operating it without a proper license.

State Police said the trooper advised both the driver and the company that Lisinicchia could not operate the vehicle without additional licensure.

“The trooper also took steps to ensure that the vehicle was taken off the road, returned to its original location and directed the driver not to drive the vehicle,” State Police said.

But State Police said the trooper did not have the legal authority to seize the plates or the vehicle during that stop.

The limousine failed two state inspections, in March and again in September, the state Department of Transportation said.

After the Sept. 4 failed inspection, the state affixed a sticker taking the vehicle out of service, the DOT said.

But Lisinicchia was still driving in the deadly crash on a rural road in Schoharie that killed the him, 17 passengers and two bystanders at a country store at the scene.

Shahed Hussain, the company’s owner, was once an undercover informant for the FBI.

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