The limousine involved in the deadliest transport accident in the United States for almost a decade had failed inspection and the driver was not properly licensed, a top official said Monday.
Saturday's deadly crash in upstate NY is raising other safety concerns for the limousine industry.
"We'll determine if there is any criminal culpability on the part of anyone", New York State Police Major Robert Patnaude said at a news conference Monday.
Authorities later determined that the vehicle had failed a safety inspection last month, and that the limo driver did not have the necessary commercial licence to operate the vehicle. Was the interior of the vehicle designed in such a way that cause (s) injury?
"The driver of the vehicle - the quote-unquote limousine - did not have the appropriate driver's license to be operating that vehicle", Cuomo told reporters in Manhattan.
The intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A where the crash occurred has always been flagged as a unsafe one, with efforts made tho re-structure the intersection seven years ago. The company said it was taking its cars off the road while conducting its own probe into the crash.
The limousine, built from a 2001 Ford Excursion, ran a stop sign at an T-shaped intersection at the bottom of a hill and slammed into an unoccupied SUV at the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe, a popular stop for autumn leaf-peepers.
All 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians were killed.
Jackson was a special education teacher in Amsterdam, said Santabarbara, who represents the part of NY where the crash happened.
A deadly limo crash that killed 20 people in NY has the owner of one local limousine company warning consumers.
At least one of the victims wasn't pleased with this as she reportedly sent a text message saying the limo was in awful condition.
Amy and Axel Steenburg Wednesday in June and were celebrating Amy's birthday when their driver lost control of the vehicle in upstate NY.
"She was a handsome, sweet soul; he was, too, they were very sweet", Abeling said.
Vertucci, who grew up in Amsterdam, New York, was an administrative assistant at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam, Abeling said.
"They were lovely girls, full of life".
"You just can't wrap your head around it, you just can't", said Barbara Douglas, an aunt to four of those who died. "These were friends just starting their lives, getting married and this is how it ended", Abeling told the Post. "Thank you for being so kind and loving xo". "It's in a place where I've never felt this type of pain before", said Karina Halse, who lost her 26-year-old sister Amanda.
Axel's brother, Rich Steenburg, was also killed in the crash. Three of the sisters had also been traveling with their husbands.
"We take it for granted", Cuomo said.
Recalling a text message Ms McGowan sent to her daughter, who was invited but did not go, Ms Abeling said: "The vehicle appeared in bad condition".
Fiore said authorities couldn't answer several questions at this point, such as if the limo's occupants were wearing seat belts, whether the vehicle's brakes were working or whether the driver was speeding.
The weekend crash was characterized by authorities as the deadliest USA transportation accident in almost a decade.
Many have speculated that the limo was modified in way to make it "stretch", which could also have caused it to lose some safety features. Sumwalt said there was extensive damage to the front of the limo, mostly on the driver's side.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sets standards for newly manufactured vehicles, but limos that are modified after they're off the assembly line can skirt NHTSA oversight.