ALBANY – Families who lost loved ones in the Schoharie limousine crash know very little about what happened what many called the worst day of their lives after the National Transportation Safety Board issued a report preliminary Monday.
A father who lost his daughter in the October 6 crash and chose not to be named said the report was "very vague" and only "what we already know". He has had three interviews with the state police since the death of his daughter, but said the information he had received was "redundant" and "limited".
Meanwhile, he was frustrated by the conflict between Schoharie District Attorney Susan Mallery and the NTSB, which blocked the federal agency investigation and was resolved that by a judge in January.
"It's been four months and they have not really examined the limousine yet," he said. "We wish a little bit that they are working together.We are supposed to be part of the same team.I think it's very depressing to watch this go on – it's almost like that." was childish, I am angry about it and I would do it, see him moving forward in a civil way ".
His lawyer informed the state as well as the counties of Saratoga and Schoharie that he was considering suing them, but would wait to file the complaint once the NTSB's final investigation was over. Almost all the families of the victims are suing the state. some also file against Prestige Limo Company and its owner, Shahed Hussain. Most people contacted by the Times Union said their lawyers advised them not to speak to the press while their cases were pending.
"We know that lawyers and everyone else are on standby because of that, we want to get things done," said the father in mourning.
In the future, it supports laws introduced by the state legislature to increase the safety of limousines. Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a total ban on vehicles.
"Security and justice are the ultimate goal here," he said. "I could sleep more easily at night" if important changes were made.
Mary Ashton, whose son Michael Ukaj was killed and has not yet been prosecuted, said that even though she was living in Maine, the state police were trying to keep her informed about it. phoning at least once a month.
"Nobody really knows anything," Ashton said. "In the beginning, we were warned that it would take a lot of time, and to be honest with you, I would prefer that they take their time and find out what happened rather than launching the program. gun and find something wrong.
"My son is gone – nothing will bring him back, that they solve the case in six months or six years," she said. "I want them to get as much facts as possible, and if it takes them a while, it will take them a while, I want to know who, what, where, why and how."
Ashton said the state police had sent him Monday a copy of the NTSB's three-paragraph preliminary report by e-mail, but that she had to stop reading it because she had become too emotional .
"I really want to know what's going on, but it puts the situation back in place if I start looking at something, I have to make sure I'm emotionally capable at the moment I look at things," Ashton said. "Everything – everything I see, hear, do, say, makes me think of Michael.It's so hard.I do not know how those mothers who have lost more than one child could be safe. to occupy it, because nasty hard time. "
Ashton said he has been in touch with other bereaved families on Facebook.
"Everyone is struggling and struggling," Ashton said. "It's not just us."