NY limousine crash kills 20 people

09 October, 2018, 14:13 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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A ceremony for the victims of the limousine crash that killed 20 people has ended with participants lifting candles above their heads to signal unity and perseverance.

They were part of a party of 17 who climbed into a stretch limousine 2001 Ford Excursion to celebrate their friend Amy Steenburg's 30th birthday, the paper and other media reported.

But the limo would never arrive at its destination.

The 19-seater limo ran a stop sign and hit a parked SUV. All 18 people in the limo, including the driver, were killed. "Their lives were just cut short too soon". Their names were Abigail Jackson, Mary Dyson, Allison King and Amy.

Like the Steenburgs, the McGowans were married in June.

"They're going to dig deeply into the background of the driver".

"They were wonderful girls", Douglas said. "They were two very young, attractive people" who "had everything going for them".

In limos in NY, rear passengers are not required to wear seatbelts, according by Sumwalt.

All of Ms. Steenburg's sisters, and Mr. Steenburg's brother, Rich, also died in the accident.

In 2004, he testified in a case stemming from a Federal Bureau of Investigation sting operation against two men who were charged with money laundering as part of a plot to import missiles to NY. She and her husband, Adam, pictured below, leave behind two young daughters, Archer, 4, and Elle, 16 months.

Mary was another of Amy's sisters. Star Spangled Crossfit, where she worked, took to Facebook to share their grief Sunday.

Valerie Abeling, the aunt of victim Erin Vertucci, said her 34-year-old niece and her niece's new husband, 30-year-old Shane McGowan, were victims.

Those who knew the sisters describe all four as being very close.

"They were the Four Musketeers", he said, outside their parents home in Amsterdam, New York.

The families of those killed - many of whom were related or were childhood friends - said they are struggling to come to grips with the magnitude of the tragedy.

The driver was also killed in the crash, they said, adding that the victims would not be officially named until families had been informed.

Erin, 34, and Shane, 30, were married in June in upstate NY.

Giardino later this morning issued a more formal statement: "A tragedy of this magnitude affects not only the individual families but all their friends and the local communities as a whole". The Albany Times Union reported the limo was carrying people from a nearby wedding to the reception.

Image: Erin McGowan sent a text moments before she died.

"They were finally able to get married and just honestly starting to live their life". "They had big plans". "She wanted to help them better their lives", he said. Their godfather, Patrick Cushing, also was killed.

Family members and friends gather for a candlelight vigil memorial at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge in Amsterdam, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. There's a fairly standard list of items to be inspected, similar to New York's inspection process. Residents in the town of 3,000 mourned Sunday afternoon as the town supervisor reflected on the two volunteer ambulance companies who responded. "He will be greatly missed by his Senate family".

Four of those killed were sisters, three of whom died with their husbands.

"Second, that vehicle was inspected by the NY state Department of Transportation last month and failed inspection".

"Amanda was loved by all of her coworkers", said Steve Klein, associate executive director of program services at the company. "She lights up a room. You felt a certain friendliness from her".

Saturday's accident, which killed two pairs of newlyweds, four sisters from one family and two brothers from another, was the deadliest United States transport crash in almost a decade, according to federal authorities.


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