ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A former repair shop manager says brake work was billed but not performed on the stretch limousine that crashed five months later in upstate New York, killing 20 people.
The former manager of a Mavis Discount Tire shop told investigators in a Sept. 17 interview that a brake master cylinder was invoiced but not installed at the time of a May 2018 inspection. The 2001 Ford Excursion limo blew through an intersection and crashed in rural Schoharie County on Oct. 6.
The interview was disclosed by Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery this week in a letter to lawyers for limo company operator Nauman Hussain. The defense then renewed a motion to dismiss manslaughter and homicide charges against Hussain.
Prosecutors allege Hussain allowed an improperly licensed driver to operate an "unserviceable" vehicle.
A spokesperson for Mavis has said many statements attributed to Virgil Park, a former Mavis employee, and Hussain’s attorney are “inaccurate or misleading,” stating Mavis’ disagrees with any allegation that they’re billing processes are not sound.
Mavis claims the limo traveled more than 1,000 miles over several months after it was serviced at the shop, defying an order to take the vehicle out of service.
“Our thoughts and condolences remain with the victims of this tragic accident. Mavis did not cause the accident, however, and bears no legal responsibility for it. Mavis continues to fully cooperate with authorities as a witness in the criminal case against Mr. Hussain,” said the spokesperson.
Hussain is now expected in court in January 2020.
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