WILTON -- State police are investigating a suspicious death at the Crest Inn and Suites on state Route 9, the small motel owned by Shahed Hussain, owner of the limousine company involved in Saturday's horrendous crash in Schoharie that claimed 20 lives.
Police have released few details but said the death at the motel did not appear, as of Thursday, to be related to the owners of the business or the business itself.
Police said they were called Wednesday to the motel for a report of an unattended death. Following a preliminary investigation, they have ruled the death suspicious. The identify of the person who died has not been released.
The 28-room motel at 776 Saratoga Road (Route 9) is owned by Shahed "Malik" Hussain, the owner of Prestige Limousine, which lists the motel as its operating address. A Prestige stretch limousine that authorities say shouldn't have been on the road crashed in Schoharie Saturday afternoon, killing all 17 passengers, the driver and two pedestrians in the deadliest motor vehicle crash in the United States since 2005.
Hussain, a native of Pakistan, was in that country as of Thursday. State police on Wednesday arrested his son, Nauman, 28, of Cohoes, and charged him with criminally negligent homicide in connection with the crash. Hussain, whom police said was the operator of the limousine company, has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond.