SCHOHARIE, N.Y. – The limousine company operator charged in the Schoharie limo crash that killed 20 people in 2018 avoided jail time by taking a plea deal in court Thursday.
The hearing was moved from the Schoharie courthouse to the Schoharie High School gym to accomodate the expected crowds.
Nauman Hussain pleaded guilty to 20 counts of criminally negligent homicide in exchange for five years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service.
Twenty people were killed in the crash on Oct. 6, 2018, including 17 passengers, two pedestrians and the limo driver. Hussain was originally charged with 20 counts each of second-degree manslaughter as well.
A year after the incident, a former manager at Mavis claimed the brake work for the limo involved was billed but not performed five months earlier. Officials at Mavis denied any issues with their billing system.
In September of 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board found the crash was likely caused by the operator’s “egregious disregard for safety” that resulted in brake failure on the long downhill stretch. The report indicated ineffective oversight on the vehicle’s safety by the state also contributed to the issues that led to the crash.