SCHOHARIE — The trial of limousine company operator Nauman Hussain in last October’s deadly stretch limousine crash has been postponed until January.
Acting on a request from Hussain’s defense, Schoharie County Court Judge George R. Bartlett III has pushed back the proposed trial date from September until Jan. 6, 2020. Under a new court schedule, the defense will have more time to make motions; any pre-trial hearings related to evidence will be held Oct. 9-10.
The request was granted this week after Hussain’s attorney, Lee Kindlon, sought additional time to file a motion, one in which the defense will raise any issues it has challenging the prosecution’s case against Hussain. In a May 17 letter, Kindlon said he needs more time to review the grand jury minutes and to evaluate the defense’s inspection of the limousine, which remains in state police custody.
Hussain, 29, of Cohoes, faces 20 counts of second-degree manslaughter and 20 counts of criminally negligent homicide in the Oct. 6 crash that resulted in 20 deaths, the worst transportation crash in the United States in nearly a decade. The crash killed all 17 young adult passengers, the limousine’s driver, and two people in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store.
The 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limousine came down a hill on Route 30 and went through the stop at Route 30A at a high rate of speed, passed though the Apple Barrel parking and crashed into a ravine.
Hussain faces charges that he was aware that the limousine had faulty brakes and other issues, and that he knew driver Scott Lisinicchia did not have the proper license to transport so many passengers.
Hussain has denied all the charges.