SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — The operator of a limousine company has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts each of criminally negligent homicide and second-degree manslaughter in a crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York.
Nauman Hussain was arraigned Wednesday in Schoharie County Court. State police have said the 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limousine was unsafe to be on the road.
The limo ran a stop sign at a T-intersection and crashed beside a country store in rural Schoharie on Oct. 6.
In a court brief, defense attorney Lee Kindlon said records demonstrate the company’s efforts to maintain the vehicle’s road-worthiness. He said the road design contributed to the accident.
Hussain has been free on $150,000 bail bond since October. Judge George Bartlett raised it Wednesday to $225,000 cash or $450,000 bond.
PHOTO: NEW YORK STATE POLICE