An American limo hire company called Five Star Limousine has been ordered to shut down after it was implicated in the death of an 11-year-old girl. The girl, Angie Hernandez, from Oregon, died in September 2012 when she fell out of a party bus window operated by the company. Five Star Limousine, which is based in Washington, was also forced to pay a fine of $2,000 for operating without a license. The charges were announced on Thursday by Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.
The party bus, which had been rented by the girl’s family for a relative’s 15th birthday, had a loose emergency window, which she fell out of. It was reported that she was leaning against the window when it gave way, her family watching in horror as she slipped to her death as the bus made a sharp turn. Police said there were between 20 and 30 people on the bus at the time of the tragedy.
The girl’s uncle Roberto Aveleneda said, “We were so happy for this day. We were waiting for this day for so long. We were all so excited. I don’t have words to explain. We’re really upset about it.”
At the time of the accident, Portland police spokesman Robert King said, “Those emergency exits are designed to be secured and closed and locked. One of the questions I know investigators will be asking is how it came to be open, whether it was faulty.”
The company remains out of operation.