A past review of Hasy Limousine, another name for Prestige Limousines, reveals the company's history of dangerous driving and shoddy customer service
Incriminating past reviews of the limousine company involved in Saturday's horror crash which claimed 20 lives have revealed a history of dangerous driving and shoddy business practices.
Prestige Limousines, also known as Hasy Limousines and Saratoga Luxury Limousines, is the company whose modified 2001 Ford Excursion plowed into the parking lot of a country store in Schoharie, New York, on Saturday.
All 17 passengers who were in the vehicle on their way to a 30th birthday party died as did the driver Scott Lisinicchia, 53, and two pedestrians who were hit in the parking lot.
The company has had four vehicles taken out of service in the last two years and the limousine that was involved in the crash was not fit for service. It failed a safety inspection a month ago and Lisinicchia did not have a license to carry commercial passengers.
Coupled with the fact that the crash site is a known hotspot for accidents, Saturday's tragedy was the perfect storm of fatal components.
And a brief review of descriptions given by previous customers of the limo company suggest it was only a matter of time before it happened.
In June, a woman described on Yelp how she and her friends 'prayed for their lives' when a driver, who she did not name, took them to a party.
'Terrible and downright dangerous service are the norm with Hasy limousine,' she said.
The driver showed up late, shouted at the party to get into the vehicle then sped, 10mph over the speed limit as it suspected in Saturday's crash, nearly running over children in the street on his way.
'When we all packed into the limo, the driver sped way over the 10mph speed limit to the point where a father in the community went to the road to stop our driver and yell at him for almost hitting his children on the way in,' she wrote.
'At this point, we all were just praying to arrive to our first destination (only 8 minutes away!) safely,' she went on.
Jessica Kirby, the manager of the country store where Saturday's crash occurred, said afterwards that it was only a matter of time before an incident this tragic occurred.
'[There have been] more accidents than I can count. We have been asking for something to be done for years,' she said.
The crash happened at the intersection of State Routes 30 and 30A in Schoharie, New York. Instead of stopping, the limousine plowed past the Apple Barrel Country Store and crashed in its parking lot
The stop sign was erected in 2008 after a similar crash claimed another life. Details of that accident are unclear but the store owner says it was not enough to stop other vehicles from slowing down when they approached the junction. Three tractor trailers have gone careening into the parking lot like the limousine did despite the sign
The limousine went careering towards the