Limo involved in fatal crash never should have been on the road, New York governor says

The limousine involved in an accident that killed 20 people in upstate New York on Saturday, including two pedestrians and all those riding inside, failed an inspection last month and should not have been on the road, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"The owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road," Cuomo said on Monday while speaking to press.

Cuomo also said the driver of the vehicle, who has not been identified, did not have the specific license — a commercial driver's license with a passenger endorsement — required to drive the limousine.

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Debris scatters an area Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the site of yesterday's fatal crash Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
People place flowers, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the scene where 20 people died as the result of a limousine crashing into a parked and unoccupied SUV at an intersection a day earlier, in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Mourners line the length of the Gateway Overlook Bridge during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
Recovery crews remove debris from the scene of a fatal crash, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, where a limousine crashed into a parked and unoccupied SUV killing 20 people at an intersection a day earlier, in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
A man, who asked not to be identified, mourns during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
Members of the National Transportation Safety Board work at the scene of yesterday's fatal crash, in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Barbara Douglas of Danamora, N.Y., reacts while talking about her four family members who died in Saturday's fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all people in the limo and a few pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Family members sign a banner in memory of their loved ones during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 photo, emergency personnel respond to the scene of a deadly crash in Schoharie, N.Y. (WTEN via AP)
Friends of victims who died in Saturday's fatal limousine crash comfort each other after placing flowers at the intersection in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all people in the limo and a few pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
AMSTERDAM, NY - OCTOBER 08: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Amsterdam, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
A woman kneels after placing flowers, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the scene where 20 people died as the result of a limousine crashing into a parked and unoccupied SUV at an intersection a day earlier, in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
A New York state trooper and a member of the National Transportation Safety Board view the scene of Saturday's fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all people in the limo and a few pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
All 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians were killed.

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In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 photo, a limousine, left, has landed in the woods following a fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y. (Tom Heffernan Sr. via AP)
AMSTERDAM, NY - OCTOBER 08: Family members, who were seated in the first row, mourn during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Amsterdam, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
SCOHARIE, NY - OCTOBER 08: People mourn at the site of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Schoharie, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 photo, a body is draped under a blanket at the scene of a fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y. (Tom Heffernan Sr. via AP)
Flowers are placed at a roadside memorial at the scene of Saturday's fatal limousine crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all people in the limo and a few pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
A family member, who asked not to be identified, mourns during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
Debris scatters an area Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the site of yesterday's fatal crash Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
AMSTERDAM, NY - OCTOBER 08: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Amsterdam, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Members of the National Transportation Safety Board work at the scene of yesterday's fatal crash, in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
People place flowers, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the scene where 20 people died as the result of a limousine crashing into a parked and unoccupied SUV at an intersection a day earlier, in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Mourners gather during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
SCHOHARIE, NY - OCTOBER 08: A sign outside of the site of the fatal limousine crash gives information about a vigil, October 8, 2018 in Schoharie, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
State police say 20 people died in a crash in upstate New York that local officials say involved a limousine near a crowded tourist spot.
AMSTERDAM, NY - OCTOBER 08: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Amsterdam, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Barbara Douglas, of Danamora, N.Y., talks to reporters about her four family members who died in Saturday's fatal limousine crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all people in the limo and a few pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Friends of victims that died in a fatal limousine crash comfort each other after placing flowers at the intersection in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all people in the limo and a few pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Mourners gather on the Gateway Overlook Bridge during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in Upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
State Troopers keep the area secure at the scene of Saturday's limousine accident in Upstate New York, in Schoharie, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
State Troopers keep the area secure at the Apple Barrel Cafe and the scene of Saturday's limousine accident in Upstate New York, in Schoharie, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
A family member, who asked not to be identified, mourns during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
Jill Richardson Perez (C), mother of Matt Coons, mourns the loss of her son with her husband Peter Perez (L), (not the father of Matt Coons), and daughter Ashley Coons (R), sister of Matt Coons, during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. Joining her are . REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
Mourners pay their respects by a makeshift memorial of flowers that lie at the scene of Saturday's limousine accident in Upstate New York, in Schoharie, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
SCOHARIE, NY - OCTOBER 08: State troopers guard the site of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Schoharie, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
SCOHARIE, NY - OCTOBER 08: People mourn at the site of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Schoharie, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
SCHENECTADY, NY - OCTOBER 08: State Police hold a news conference about the fatal limousine crash in Schoharie on October 8, 2018 in Schenectady, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NY - OCTOBER 08: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Amsterdam, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NY - OCTOBER 08: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Amsterdam, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
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It is still not clear whether the limousine crash was the fault of the driver or a malfunction of the vehicle, Cuomo said, but that the National Transportation Safety Board and state police were investigating.

Prestige Limousine, the company responsible for the vehicle, was being sent a cease and desist until the investigation is complete, Cuomo said.

A spokesperson for Prestige Limousine did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding Cuomo's statement.

Earlier, a spokesperson told NBC's "Today" that they are "devastated by this loss," but declined to comment further because their owner is out of the country.

Cuomo said the limousine was a "chopped vehicle," meaning it had been cut and extended and needed federal certification that it had been extended in a way that is compliant with the law, which it did not have.

"I think the owner of Prestige has a lot of questions to answer," Cuomo said.

He added that laws and policies in New York state should have prevented the crash, but those laws and policies were broken in this case.

The accident occurred Saturday afternoon when the driver failed to stop at an intersection in Schoharie, New York, and careened into a parking lot before crashing into an unoccupied SUV, which struck the pedestrians, authorities said.

The limo had been rented as part of a 30th birthday celebration, according to Barbara Douglas, the aunt of Amy Steenburg, who was killed in the accident.

Amy Steenburg's husband Axel Steenburg, along with Abigail and Adam Jackson, Mary and Rob Dyson, and Allison King were among the 18 people killed in the limousine.

"I've been on the board for 12 years and this is one of the biggest losses of life that we've seen in a long, long time," National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at a news conference on Sunday

 

 

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