In an answer to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of one of the victims of the deadly Schoharie limousine crash, civil defense attorneys for Naman and Shahed Hussain and Prestige Limousine say they were not negligent or responsible for the crash.
Elizabeth Grogan, an attorney for Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, the firm representing the insurance company for Prestige Limousine, wrote in a legal response to the lawsuit that the crash was caused by an ‘Act of God,’ and her clients are not at fault.
“Any and all risks, hazards, defects and dangers alleged are of an open, obvious and apparent nature and were known or should have been known to the plaintiffs,” according to the document.
Sal Ferlazzo, one of the attorneys representing the parents of Amanda Rivenburg, a victim of the crash, called the response ‘absurd.’
“People relied on them to provide a safe ride,” Ferlazzo said. “They’re saying well it’s [the victims’] fault, they should’ve known better, which is just outrageous.”
Grogan says the victims of the crash were at least partially at fault because they weren’t wearing seat belts. The document also says there may be third parties at fault. Ferlazzo believes they may be referring to the state but is planning to respond by asking for more details.
Grogan has declined to comment.