Seventeen passengers were on their way to an upstate New York brewery for a birthday celebration when the limo driver blasted through an intersection and crashed into a parked SUV, before landing in a shallow ravine. The driver, all seventeen passengers, and two pedestrians were killed in the crash.
Investigators said it is too early to blame any single factor in the fatal crash.
Was the vehicle mechanically sound? Was the driver distracted or speeding? Nevertheless, the accident raises concerns inherent to safety of converted limos, in what is being called the deadliest US transportation accident since 2009.
I get that sometimes people just don’t follow the law, and that may very well be what happened here. The driver may not have held the required license; he may have been speeding or distracted. The company owner may have cut corners when it came to maintaining the vehicles and making the necessary repairs to pass inspection. However, such accidents keep happening again and again, and when they do little changes, if any, are made. Why are owners allowed to modify a vehicle into a stretch limo, compromising its structure, and then put it on the road without proving the vehicle to be crash-worthy?
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