The son of the owner of the limousine company that provided the vehicle involved in a deadly crash in upstate New York this weekend has been arrested and is facing homicide charges.
The Times Union reports that Nauman Hussain was taken into custody on Wednesday after state police stopped him while driving on Interstate 787. Nauman is the son of Shahed Hussain, who owns Prestige Limousine, and has reportedly been operating that company while his father is in Pakistan dealing with health issues, their lawyer Lee Kindlon told the New York Times.
Kindlon told the Times Union that the younger Hussain was expected to be charged with multiple counts of criminally negligent homicide, with each count possibly bringing a sentence of up to four years in prison. All 18 people in the vehicle were killed, along with two bystanders near the Apple Barrel Country Store & Cafe in Schoharie.
The company reportedly has an unimpressive safety record, and the SUV limo in the crash had failed an inspection just a month before. Just two days before the accident, someone from Prestige Limousine appears to have put the vehicle up for sale on Craigslist, asking $9,000.
Shahed Hussain, the primary owner, is reportedly an FBI informant who has been involved with multiple anti-terrorism stings.
“[Shahed] has indicated he is willing to come back if the investigation requires,” Kindlon told the New York Times.
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