Fine in Fatal San Mateo Bridge Limo Fire Reduced Significantly

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    The fine levied against the limousine company whose vehicle erupted in flames, killing five people, has been reduced to $5,000, sparking outrage from at least one legislator. Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Thursday, Jul 17, 2014)

    The fine levied against the limousine company whose vehicle erupted in flames, killing five people, has been reduced to $5,000, sparking outrage from at least one legislator.

    Limo Stop was initially fined $20,000 for the 2013 tragedy, when five members of a bridal party -- including the bride-to-be -- died on the San Mateo Bridge when the limousine they were traveling in caught fire, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

    The limo was overloaded and caught fire when its suspension system set the carpeting in the passenger compartment on fire.

    Limo Stop's fine was cut in half by the California Public Utilities Commission after the company promised to have no more violations for three years. Then, the fine was cut in half again to $5,000 after the company continued to appeal.

    That's outrageous to state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who said that the fine was "too light to begin with," the newspaper reported.

    The agency told NBC Bay Area the San Mateo district attorney found there was not enough evidence to support a criminal prosecution.