NEW YORK STATE (WSYR-TV) — A former repair shop manager says brake work was billed but not performed on the stretch limousine that crashed in Schoharie five months later, killing 20 people.
The former manager of a Mavis Discount Tire Shop told investigators in a September 17th interview that a brake master cylinder was invoiced but not installed at the time of a May 2018 inspection.
The defense has since renewed a motion to dismiss manslaughter and homicide charges against Nauman Hussain.
Prosecutors allege Hussain allowed an improperly licensed driver to operate an unserviceable vehicle.
A spokesperson for Mavis Tire sent the following statement to WTEN-TV, Albany:
“Many of the statements attributed to Mr. Virgil Park, a former Mavis employee, in the October 7 letter, as well as those made by Mr. Nauman Hussain’s criminal defense attorneys in the October 8 letter, are inaccurate or misleading.
Mavis is committed to providing high quality, safe, affordable services to our customers. Our service and billing policies are honest, fair and sound and we vehemently disagree with any allegations to the contrary. Mr. Hussain and his criminal defense lawyers are attempting to falsely attack Mavis in a desperate diversion tactic to shift responsibility away from Mr. Hussain, where it solely belongs.
The vehicle in question traveled more than a thousand miles over several months since it was serviced at Mavis. During that time, Mr. Hussain, according to the District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Police, committed serious crimes by, among other things, defying an order to take the vehicle out of service.
Our thoughts and condolences remain with the victims of this tragic accident. Mavis did not cause the accident, however, and bears no legal responsibility for it. Mavis continues to fully cooperate with authorities as a witness in the criminal case against Mr. Hussain.”
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