ALBANY — The first lawsuit was filed Monday morning in state Supreme Court by the parents of Amanda Rivenburg, who was one of 20 people killed in a horrific limousine crash on Oct. 6 in Schoharie.
According to a Times Union story, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Thomas and Donna Rivenburg by Albany attorney Salvatore Ferlazzo of the law firm Girvin & Ferlazzo.
According to the Times Union, the lawsuit does not specify an amount sought.
The defendants in the case are Shahed Hussain, who owns Prestige Limousine and also owns Crest Inn Suites & Cottages in Wilton, where a suspicious death occurred, and Hussain’s son, Nauman, who has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and has pleaded not guilty. The limousine company was also named in the lawsuit.
State Police have said Shahed Hussain is in Pakistan.
WILTON — Relatives of the man who was shot to death in a Wilton motel room are questioning the police account of what happened to him, saying …
The lawsuit claims that limousine operators kept it on the road after it failed inspection for brake problems and other issues. A windshield sticker placed on the limousine by state transportation officials deeming the vehicle “unserviceable” was removed before the accident, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit seeks damages “based on the grossly negligent, willful misconduct and complete indifference exemplified by the defendants and their conscious disregard to the health and safety of the patrons.”
Scott Lisinicchia, 53, of Queensbury, was driving the modified 2001 Fort Excursion stretch limousine that crashed at the intersection of state Route 30 and 30A. Officials have said he wasn’t properly licensed to drive the vehicle.
A Fort Ann native, Amanda Halse, 26, was a passenger in the limousine and was also killed.
On Oct. 19, State Police reported Dr. Michael Sikirica of Albany Medical Center, who performed all of the autopsies, said all of the victims died of “severe traumatic blunt force injuries.”
According to Associated Press reports, Rivenburg, 29, of Albany, worked for seven years for Living Resources, a New York nonprofit that works with people who have disabilities, serving as assistant director of the organization’s day community opportunities program.
“Amanda was loved by all of her coworkers,” said Steve Klein, associate executive director of program services at the company. “She was passionate about her work, and everyone relied on her for guidance.”
A GoFundMe Page established in her honor has raised more than $12,355.