4 Sisters, an Iraq War Veteran and Newlyweds: All the Victims of the Horrific Limo Crash
CELEBRATION GONE WRONG
It was meant to be a day of fun with friends and family but, instead, Oct. 6 turned into a day of unimaginable tragedy when 20 people lost their lives in one of the country's deadliest traffic accidents in recent history. All but three of those killed were celebrating Amy Steenburg's 30th birthday when the "party" limousine they were in failed to stop at an intersection and collided with another vehicle in Schoharie, New York.
The 18 people on the bus and the two pedestrians were teachers, parents, sports enthusiasts and dedicated to their close-knit community.
AMY AND AXEL STEENBURG
The couple rented the limo for Amy’s 30th birthday. Amy and Axel, both 29, had just tied the knot on June 30 in Saratoga, New York, according to their The Knot page.
"They still enjoy trying new breweries and their love has continued to flourish," the Knot page said. "Amy and Axel also enjoy traveling, as they recently relaxed on the beaches of Hawaii, and are very excited to visit the beautiful coast of Ireland for their honeymoon."
Axel’s brother Rich, 34, who worked for a semiconductor and manufacturing company, was also killed in the incident and is survived by his wife, who was not in the car, a 10-year-old daughter and 14-year-old stepson.
ABIGAIL AND ADAM JACKSON
Abigail, 34, a teacher in the Amsterdam School District, and husband Adam, 34, are survived by their 4-year-old son Archer and 16-month-old daughter Elle, according to a GoFundMe page set up to provide for the children.
"Adam and Abby were amazing parents to these girls and taken much too soon," the page says.
Allison, 31, died in the crash with her sisters Amy Steenburg, Mary Dyson and Abigail Jackson.
A Facebook fundraiser created for her parents, Tom and Linda King, had raised more than $250,000 as of Oct. 8.
MARY AND ROB DYSON
Mary, 33, who was an Army veteran, worked as an engineer and a coach at Star Spangled Crossfit, according to CBS News. She was with husband Roby, 34, in the crash.
"They were the Four Musketeers," Mary's brother Tom King said. "We all are what’s left. There was seven of us — five sisters and two brothers."
ERIN AND SHANE McGOWAN
Erin, 34, a St. Mary's Hospital employee who was pursuing a master's in special education, and Shane, 30, were also newlyweds.
They had married on June 8 in Amsterdam, New York, according to their The Knot page.
AMANDA HALSE AND PATRICK CUSHING
Amanda, 26, attended the birthday with her boyfriend Patrick, 31, was reportedly Erin's cousin. He was affectionately called, "Cush," and played for Team USA Dodgeball.
MATTHEW COONS AND SAVANNAH BURSESE
Coons, 27, was a weightlifting aficionado with a "huge heart, a golden heart," according to his aunt Suzanne Douglass.
Bursese, 24, who was Coons' girlfriend, went to Hartwick College on a volleyball scholarship and was saving up to move to Texas and begin her lifelong pursuit of a law degree.
"Beautiful inside and out, witty, fitness buff, animal lover, and a detest for her mother's constant questions. We will remember her this way," her obituary read.
Rivenburg, 29, who was celebrating Amy's birthday, worked for seven years for Living Resources, a New York nonprofit that works with people who have disabilities.
"My heart is broken! RIP my baby girl. Mommy loves you until we meet again!" Amanda's mother, Donna Floyd Rivenburg, wrote on Facebook.
Hough, 46, was in the parking lot of the Apple Country Barrel Store when the limo crashed. He, along with his father-in-law James Schnurr, 70, died after being struck by the vehicle.
Derek's brother J.T. Hough told the Times Union that their family was visiting Schoharie for a wedding on Oct. 6.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Hough's widow Jackie Schnurr and their 8-year-old son Benny "continue to strive for their dreams and future."
Schnurr, 70, was with his son-in-law Brian when they were in the parking lot together.
Ukaj, a Marine Corps veteran who served a full tour in Iraq, died on his 34th birthday.
"He was just such a good boy. My baby is gone," his grieving mom Mary Ashton told the Albany Times Union. And on Facebook, she wrote: "You were such an inspiration when you wanted to join the Marine Corps! Thank you for your combat service, and for being my son. I love you forever."
Cavosie, 30, who was Amy's friend, is survived by her parents, Michael and Jeannine, and her three siblings Maeghan, Drew, and Aidan, according to the GoFundMe page created for her family.
Liscinicchia, 53, was the driver of the limo. An attorney representing the limousine company, Prestige Limousine, said Liscinicchia "might have been unfamiliar with the rural road."