The owner of the Prestige Limousine, whose driver was not properly licensed and whose car was not in proper working order authorities have said, is Shahed Hussain. He’s also known as Shaeed Hussain and Shadid Malek.
A limo from his fleet crashed in Schoharie, New York this past weekend killing 20; 17 passengers, friends celebrating a birthday, two pedestrians and the driver.
It’s not clear what, if any, criminal charges he might face. Civil cases are another matter and if history is precedent, and if he is deemed to bear responsibility, he could face civil actions by victims’ family members.
New York’s Gov. Cuomo said said Monday the limo “should not have been on the road.”
In a news conference covered by local and national media, authorities said Hussain was located outside U.S. It’s believed he is in his native Pakistan although that was not confirmed by New York State Police commander Maj. Robert Patnaude at a news conference Monday, per Time. It’s been widely reported that Hussain’s son or sons have been running the company out of an upstate motel. A lawyer for the limo company appeared on a national morning news program and said that the car’s issues were minor and were repaired.
Attorney Lee Kindlon said he doesn’t think the recent infractions against Prestige limousine service contributed to Saturday’s deadly crash. https://t.co/nRP8W1NdF0
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Lawyer Lee Kindlon said on Good Morning America, that the inspection issues that needed addressing were limited to “minor things, windshield wipers, a latch on a windshield that needed to be fixed. And all of those things were fixed and so one of the questions we are trying to help answer is any of those safety problems could have contributed to the crash. We want to make everybody know right now we are doing everything we can to answer those questions, along with the state.”
The National Transportation Safety Board and the NYS Police are investigating the worst accident in the U.S. since 2009.
But Hussain is no ordinary businessman and has had no ordinary relationship with law enforcement and the U.S. government.
Court records, albeit many sealed by order of a federal judge nonetheless crack open a window wide enough to learn that he was well-connected in Pakistan and from a family of business people, admitted he walked away from a murder charge there, speaks several languages and, immigrating from Pakistan in the early 1990s, settled in an Albany suburb where he raised a family and ran a business. Court records show that in 2001, Hussain showed up on law enforcement radar as he was a translator for immigrants dealing with logistical matters namely, obtaining identification and drivers licenses. And that’s where we first meet Hussain who by then was already 43-years-old.
In 2002 he was charged with working with a corrupt employee at a New York State driver license office to sell fake driver licenses to immigrants. The feds, local cops and …read more