Prayers for Limo Crash Victims, Praise for First Responders

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Schoharie Rally

For the second time this week, a big crowd gathers to remember and honor the lives of the 20 people who were killed last weekend in Schoharie. 

Wednesday night's vigil at Schoharie High School was filled with prayers, but also applause, for those first responders who were there to help last Saturday afternoon. 

Schoharie Fire Chief Marty Pierce it was a touching moment for him and his crew.

Local fire officials admit it's been tough on them and their crews, and things might not get back to normal for a while.

Among the speakers at Wednesday night's vigil, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who told the crowd answers will not be easy to find.

Meanwhile, the operator of Prestige Limo, the company that owned the vehicle and employed the driver involved in last Saturday's crash, is now facing one charge of criminally negligent homicide. 

Nauman Hussain was arrested in a traffic stop along route 787 in Cohoes, with luggage reportedly in the car, on Wednesday.  

Law enforcement officials say the limo failed an inspection last month and should not have been on the road when it crashed at the intersection of routes 30 and 30A near the Apple Barrel Country Store. 

Hussain's attorney, Lee Kindlon, says his client is terrified and has received death threats.

But, Kindlon says Hussain was not trying to flee the country, and has agreed to turn over his passport.

Hussain faces up to four years in prison if convicted. His next court date is set for October 23rd.

Photo: WNYT

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