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Grand jury pushes for limosuine safety regulations

Posted at 7:53 AM, Dec 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-21 11:54:53-05

A special grand jury has issued a report calling for better safety regulations for stretch limousines. The jury called for the regulations after a fatal limousine crash killed four women leaving a New York winery. One of the women, Stephanie Belli, was a Buffalo State graduate.

The limousine carrying the women was hit by a pick up truck while the limousine driver was making a U-turn. 

The grand jury examined some of the safety issues raised in the July 2015 crash. 

The grand jury's report says cars converted into limousines often have safety features removed, leading to gaps in safety protocols.

The grand jury also called for Governor Andrew Cuomo to create a task force to study limousine safety and report its findings to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The panel also looked into legislation that would make it illegal for limousines to make U-turns anywhere in New York state.