Report: Brake repair invoice falsified before deadly Schoharie limo crash
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (WENY) – A new report amid the ongoing investigation following the deadly 2018 limo crash in Schoharie County claims mechanics falsified brake repair invoices before the wreck.
A former manager at the Mavis Discount Tire in Saratoga Springs reportedly told prosecutors he purchased a brake part for the limo, but he said it was never installed – despite an invoice saying otherwise.
The man claims the part was returned to Advance Auto Parts eight days later.
As WENY News reported, on October 6, 2018, the modified 2001 Ford Excursion blew through an intersection in rural Schoharie, killing all 18 people inside and two pedestrians.
The new developments were revealed ahead of the criminal trial against 29-year-old Nauman Hussain. Hussain, who is the operator for “Prestige Limousine”, is facing 20 counts each of criminally negligent homicide and second-degree manslaughter.
He's accused of keeping the limo on the road despite it failing two inspections and being ordered to be put out of service by the state.
Mavis responded to the allegations, in a statement a spokesperson said:
"Many of the statements attributed to Mr. Virgil Park, a former Mavis employee, in the October 7 letter, as well as those made by Mr. Nauman Hussain’s criminal defense attorneys in the October 8 letter, are inaccurate or misleading.
Mavis is committed to providing high quality, safe, affordable services to our customers. Our service and billing policies are honest, fair and sound and we vehemently disagree with any allegations to the contrary. Mr. Hussain and his criminal defense lawyers are attempting to falsely attack Mavis in a desperate diversion tactic to shift responsibility away from Mr. Hussain, where it solely belongs.
The vehicle in question traveled more than a thousand miles over several months since it was serviced at Mavis. During that time, Mr. Hussain, according to the District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Police, committed serious crimes by, among other things, 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."