Limo Operator Pleads Not Guilty In Crash That Killed Watertown CouplePosted: Updated:
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, including a couple from Watertown.
Nauman Hussain was arraigned Wednesday in Schoharie County Court. State police have said the 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limousine should not have been on the road due to safety issues.
The limo ran a stop sign at a T-intersection and crashed beside a country store on October 6.
Two people inside the limo were Mary and Rob Dyson of Watertown.
Mary Dyson was one of four sisters who died. Seventeen family members were in the stretch limousine as part of a birthday celebration for one of the sisters. They, the driver, and two pedestrians were all killed.
Defense attorney Lee Kindlon said in a court brief that 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.