GLENS FALLS — The crash happened in a blink of an eye, a driver blew through a stop sign at the corner of Jay and Warren streets, hitting a Cadillac Escalade sport-utility vehicle in the side and flipping it over, pushing it into a parked car.
Two people were hurt, and the driver was ticketed for failing to yield the right of way at the intersection after the Nov. 30, 2015 crash.
Police said the driver to blame was Scott Lisinicchia, the 53-year-old Queensbury man who was driving a limousine that crashed in Schoharie County last weekend, killing Lisinicchia and 19 others.
Lisinicchia lacked the proper commercial driver’s license and the limousine he was driving had failed inspection at the time of the fatal crash. Weeks before the crash, State Police had stopped him in the limousine and warned him it should not be on the road, and he could not legally drive it, according to a report in the Albany Times-Union.
The man who had been running the limousine company, Nauman Hussain of Cohoes, was charged Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide.
A friend of one of the drivers whose vehicles were damaged by Lisinicchia notified The Post-Star of the 2015 crash, saying the public needed to know about his driving history and that he had caused a crash years earlier by going through a stop sign in the same manner as in Schoharie.
Glens Falls Police said Lisinicchia had a taxi driver license in Glens Falls at the time of the 2015 crash but was driving a Ford SUV that he owned. He went through a stop sign on Jay Street and tried to turn left onto Warren, hitting a Cadillac Escalade in the passenger side with enough force to knock it over, police said.
“Vehicle one (Lisinicchia) hit the SUV hard enough to roll vehicle two (the Escalade) on its side and cause it to slide into a third vehicle,” Glens Falls Police Detective Lt. Peter Casertino said.
The driver of the Escalade, Chad E. Nims of Kingsbury, suffered a back injury, and a passenger in Lisinicchia’s vehicle suffered a minor head injury, police said.
Glens Falls City Court staff said there was “no public record” of the ticket. Case files are sealed when charges are dismissed, but it was unclear whether that occurred in this case.
Lisinicchia had been issued two other traffic tickets in Glens Falls in the months preceding the November 2015 crash. He did not pay a fine assessed for one of them, a charge of using a handheld cellphone while driving. That could have resulted in his driver’s license being suspended, but there were no indications that the state Department of Motor Vehicles was notified of his failure to pay.
He also had been issued three traffic tickets in Saratoga Springs in recent years.
DMV has not responded to numerous email and phone inquiries made Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to inquire about Lisinicchia’s driving history.