Family of SUNY Oswego professor and father-in-law who were killed in Schoharie limo crash suing

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NEW YORK STATE (WSYR-TV) — Another lawsuit has been filed in connection to last October’s Schoharie limo crash. The families of Brian Hough, a SUNY Oswego professor, and his father-in-law, James Schnurr, are suing the father and son who owned the limo, the estate of the limo driver, the Apple Barrel Country Store and Mavis Discount Tire.

The families claim the store didn’t have a barrier in place to protect customers and say there was no signage, warning people not to park in the section of the parking lot where Hough and Schnurr were when the crash happened. Mavis, named in other lawsuits, is accused of illegally inspecting the limo. 

NewsChannel 9’s Albany affiliate has reached out to the attorney representing the owners of Prestige Limo for comment, along with Apple Barrel, but have not heard back.

As for Mavis, it says, “Our thoughts and condolences are with the victims of this tragic accident. however, Mavis bears no legal responsibility for this tragedy and the events that led up to it, and we will defend ourselves vigorously against all claims.”

STATEMENT TO MEDIA ON BEHALF OF ESTATES OF BRIAN HOUGH AND JAMES SCHNURR

Our Firm represents Jaclyn Schnurr and Joan Schnurr and the Estates of their late husbands, Brian G. Hough and James J. Schnurr, who were tragically killed by an out-of-control limousine along with its 18 passengers on October 6, 2018 in Schoharie, New York. Dr. Hough and Mr. Schnurr were struck and killed while standing in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store. Separate lawsuits were filed on September 17, 2019 in State Supreme Court, Cayuga County, which is the residence of both Jaclyn Schnurr and Joan Schnurr. The Complaint names multiple defendants including the owner and operator of the limousine, the estate of the driver of the limousine, Mavis Discount Tire, Inc., where the limousine was serviced prior to the accident, and the Apple Barrel Country Store, where the accident occurred. We believe these claims are meritorious against all defendants and we plan to proceed as quickly as possible to seek just and reasonable compensation for the tragic loss of life the defendants caused on that fateful day in October 2018. Although there is a criminal case pending against the operator of the limousine company in Schoharie County, these are civil actions seeking not only compensation but also accountability for the negligent conduct of the defendants.

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