N.Y. limo driver involved in fatal 2018 crash will not face prison time

Nauman Hussain, center, leaves court Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in Schoharie, N.Y. Hussain, the operator of a limousine company was spared prison time Thursday in a 2018 crash that killed 20 people when catastrophic brake failure sent a stretch limo full of birthday revelers hurtling down a hill in upstate New York.(AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Nauman Hussain, center, leaves court Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

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A New York limo driver involved in a crash that killed 20, will not be facing prison time. Nauman Hussain, 31, pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminally negligent homicide and will serve five years probation.

In 2018, Hussain was transporting a group of birthday party attendees to a brewery in Upstate New York. The limo’s brakes failed while going downhill, which caused it to crash into a ravine killing all passengers. However, the National Transportation Safety Board put much of the blame on his employer, Prestige Limousine, for allegedly not properly servicing the vehicle.

Prosecutors said Hussain had been served “multiple notices of violations” before the unfortunate event. The crash inspired state lawmakers to pass a limousine safety bill in 2020.

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 file photo, a limousine, left, has landed in the woods following a fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y. The operator of a limousine company pleaded not guilty Wednesday, April 10, 2019, to 20 counts each of criminally negligent homicide and second-degree manslaughter in a crash that killed 20 people in rural upstate New York. Nauman Hussain was arraigned Wednesday in Schoharie County Court. (Tom Heffernan Sr. via AP, File)

In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 file photo, a limousine, left, has landed in the woods following a fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y. (Tom Heffernan Sr. via AP, File)

In addition to the probation sentence, Hussain will have to serve 1,000 hours of community service.

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