They knew that at the wedding reception they would drink and party and so they decided not to risk it: better to rent a giant limousine, one of the very popular ones in the United States. They did not know that death would overtake them anyway, at an intersection, where the rented car went off the road, crashing into another parked vehicle and crushing two pedestrians. Twenty total deaths. A massacre.
The tragedy, which occurred in 2018 in Schoharie, New York State, was the subject of a thorough investigation by the US National Transportation Safety Board, which has now come to a close.
And the investigations have ascertained that the driver was not mistaken to cause the accident, who also died, like the 17 passengers and the two passersby, in the impact. But the poor conditions in which the “Limo” was kept. For this reason, the owner of the car rental agency risks a heavy sentence for multiple manslaughter. According to the authorities, in fact, he was aware of the inadequate conditions of the vehicle, but nevertheless he would continue to rent it.
Not only that: the state inspectors who had the task of checking the safety and efficiency of the vehicle could also end up in trouble, starting with that of the braking system. Shortly before the tragedy, in fact, the Limousine in question had passed the inspection control, although it did not at all have the necessary requirements to obtain the green light.
“Seventeen young people have put their trust in a system that has failed to protect them. I dare not think about the pain of their families in the face of a tragedy that could have been avoided,” Michael Graham, one of the members of the National Trasportation Safety Board.
(Unioneonline / lf)