Seventeen passengers, the driver and two pedestrians were killed when an SUV-style stretch vehicle careened out of control on Saturday in Schoharie, a town about three hours' drive north of Manhattan.
He was released on bail. Police said the criminal investigation is ongoing. Hussain's father, who is in Pakistan, owns the Prestige Limousine company and is also thought to be under investigation.
Hussain, the operator, was issued written violations by state police and the department of transportation that the driver he hired -- and who was killed -- should not have been operating the type of vehicle.
The vehicle was also placed out of service by the same department in September and should not have been on the road, police said.
The passengers -- including four sisters -- were reportedly celebrating a birthday party.
Police said the 2001 Ford Excursion failed to stop at an intersection and careened out of control, crashing into a parked car.
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