According to published reports, the limousine company involved in the accident on October 6, 2018 had a record of repeated safety violations. Such violations included a failure to pass an inspection in early September of 2018. During inspection in September, the limousine was found to have 18 seats, but was only approved to carry 10 passengers including the driver. The vehicle was also cited for a break line that was hanging loosely near one of the vehicles tires. The warning light for the brake hydraulic system was staying on the reports showed. The inspection that happened 7 months prior cited the break light being on as well. Prestige Limousine was cited for not having rectified it in September. Authorities made their first move against the company, arresting its operator outside Albany and charging him with criminally negligent homicide.
“That limo was coming down that hill probably over 60 miles per hour,” said Jessica Kirby, 36, themanager of the Apple Barrel Country Store, where she said customers were hit near the parking lot. “All fatal.” The area where the limousine blew the stop sign was also a notoriously dangerous area. The spot, an intersection right by Apple Barrel Country Store had prior accidents involving larger vehicles.