"My heart is completely sunken", Karina said. The driver, who was killed in the crash, has not been identified.
"There's going to be two main areas of this investigation".
"When we look at limousines and stretch limos, we see a really Frankenstein system of cars that potentially are cut up and put back together with parts and pieces that were not original to them", says Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the nonprofit National Safety Council and former chair of the NTSB.
"Prestige Limousine extends its deepest condolences to the family members and friends of those who tragically lost their lives on Saturday", the statement said.
Investigators plan to examine everything from the mangled limo's data recorders and mechanical systems to the road, which has a history as a danger spot.
"I think the owner of Prestige has a lot of questions to answer", Cuomo said.
"It's tragic. disgusting. I can't even begin to even explain", Abeling said in an interview Sunday from Upstate New York, where her family was gathered.
Regardless of the cause, Schoharie supervisor Alan Tavenner said witnesses have indicated the Excursion went through the intersection at speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour (96 km/h).
Federal motor carrier safety records indicate the company had a spotty record: Of five inspections over two years, four resulted in vehicles being taken out of service. The inspection turned up several violations, including anti-lock brake malfunction indicators and inoperative or defective windshield wipers. The case also urged New York's governor to establish a task force on limo safety.
His role at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was assailed by civil liberties groups, who accused him of helping the Federal Bureau of Investigation entrap people.
The FBI isn't commenting on whether Hussain was an informant.
Police said the 2001 Ford Excursion failed to stop at an intersection and continued into a parking lot, ultimately crashing into a parked auto. Police say the victims in the limo had tried to hire a bus through a different company before the crash, but the bus broke down.
In the 2014 limo crash that almost killed comedian Tracy Morgan and left another man dead, the NTSB found none of the passengers were wearing seat belts which contributed to the severity of the injured.
The crash in upstate NY, the deadliest transport accident in the U.S. in almost a decade, killed four sisters, two of their husbands and several relatives and friends.
Factory-built limousines must meet stringent safety regulations.
He said authorities were able to figure out the limo's direction of travel and what occurred based on evidence found at the crash scene.
Federal, state and local investigators flooded the tiny town of Schoharie to try to understand what happened. Sumwalt said there was extensive damage to the front of the limo, mostly on the driver's side. Halse said her sister was a waitress at Shaker Point in Watervliet, and that she and Patrick "were two peas in a pod". It did certify outside companies to modify them to Ford specifications for up to 14 seats during the 2001 model year, but it wasn't clear who modified the SUV that crashed Saturday. Following a fatal limousine crash three years ago, The New York Times talked to Raul Arbelaez from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It appears the task force was never formed, and almost three years after the grand jury's recommendation, it was unclear what, if anything, Cuomo's administration did in response.