Cuomo added that the driver of the limousine did not have the appropriate driver's license to be operating the vehicle. The state is currently pursuing a cease-and-desist order to prevent Prestige Limo (the business where the limo was rented) from operating until the investigation is completed.
Vehicles owned by Prestige Limo have been inspected yearly for the past five years and had a total of four vehicles taken out of service as a result of those inspections. According to Department of Transportation records, that's four times the national average.
One of the victims actually texted concerns about the "terrible condition" of the limo fewer than 20 minutes before the disaster occurred, according to her aunt. This investigation is ongoing, so we expect further updates to come as investigators continue to probe accident.