Federal investigators claimed Tuesday that a limo company’s “egregious disregard for basic safety” was driving a 2018 crash that killed 20 people today in upstate New York.

In a information release, the Countrywide Transportation Protection Board, or NTSB, also faulted the point out Transportation Office, which it reported contributed to the crash via “ineffective oversight” of the firm, Prestige Limousine.

The company mentioned a brake method failure on the modified SUV that a group of good friends experienced rented for a surprise social gathering led to the crash on Oct. 6, which killed all 17 travellers, the driver and two pedestrians in rural Schoharie, west of Albany.

Close friends of persons who died in a deadly limousine crash convenience just one one more following positioning bouquets at the intersection in Schoharie, N.Y., on Oct. 7, 2018.Hans Pennink / AP file

Amid the useless have been four sisters and the husbands of three of them.

Investigators concluded that the limo driver likely tried — and unsuccessful — to use the brakes as the SUV achieved 100 mph when careening down a steep hill, blowing by an intersection and crashing into a ravine, the company explained.

“Seventeen young individuals made the smart, harmless determination to organize for sober transportation when celebrating,” NTSB board member Michael Graham explained at a listening to earlier Tuesday, according to The Associated Push. “They place their believe in and basic safety into a system built to guard them, and it failed.”

Prestige’s operator, Nauman Hussain, has pleaded not responsible to 20 rates of manslaughter and criminally negligent murder. His trial had been scheduled to start in Might, but it was delayed simply because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the AP.

A attorney representing Hussain did not immediately react to a ask for for comment.

The NTSB also explained the condition Transportation Office realized that Prestige had multiple “out of company” violations and was not authorized to operate. Nor was the SUV adequately registered with the condition Motor Autos Division, which allowed the company to “circumvent” point out basic safety laws and demanding inspection specifications, the agency mentioned.

“Being aware of this tragedy could have been prevented on quite a few instances, by those people who are entrusted to protect us, can make this crash even a lot more heartbreaking,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt claimed.

A joint assertion from the departments of Transportation and Motor Motor vehicles mentioned regulators experienced “exercised whole authority granted to us beneath the legislation and purchased that vehicle off the street several times, but as NTSB’s personal studies on this crash reaffirm, Prestige frequently violated New York Condition law and was by no means authorized at any time to work for-seek the services of industrial passenger car assistance in the Point out.‎”

The assertion reported New York has considering the fact that enacted some of the toughest regulations overseeing business car or truck security in the country.