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Driver in New York limo crash had past drug violations, DUI charges

The man behind the wheel of a vehicle that crashed in upstate New York on Saturday, killing a total of 20 people, had repeated drug violations.

The New York Post located news reports from 2010 and 2013 that cited drug violations against Scott Lisinicchia, the limo driver who blew through a stop sign and crashed into an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country store in Schoharie. All 18 passengers in the car, including Lisinicchia, were killed; as were two bystanders.

On November 22, 2013, Lisinicchia was charged with multiple vehicular and drug counts when he was pulled over in Saratoga Springs, allegedly with marijuana in his car. He had been charged before with marijuana possession in 2010.

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Law enforcement officials have confirmed that Lisinicchia was driving the SUV limo involved in the crash. There is no information at this time about a possible role of drugs or alcohol in the crash, which took place near an intersection known to be dangerous.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters at the Columbus Day Parade in New York City that Lisinicchia was not properly licensed to drive the vehicle, and that limo had failed inspection just a month ago.

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[Feature image: WTEN via AP]