Names of victims in deadly Schoharie limo crash released

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On October 6, 2018, 20 people perished in the deadliest transportation incident within the last decade.

New York State Police said a 2001 Ford Excursion limousine was traveling southwest on Route 30 and failed to stop at the Route 30A intersection in Schoharie.

The limo traveled across the intersection into the Apple Barrel Country Store parking lot and struck a parked and unoccupied 2015 Toyota Highlander. The limo continued into a small wooded ravine where it came to a rest.

Of the 20 victims, 18 were in the limo. Two pedestrians were also killed.

Below are the names of the victims confirmed by New York State Police:

Limousine Passengers

  • Axel J. Steenburg, 29, Amsterdam, NY
  • Richard M. Steenburg, 34, Johnstown, NY
  • Amy L. Steenburg, 29, Amsterdam, NY
  • Allison King, 31, Ballston Spa, NY
  • Mary E. Dyson, 33, Watertown, NY
  • Robert J. Dyson, 34, Watertown, NY
  • Abigail M. Jackson, 34, Amsterdam, NY
  • Matthew W. Coons, 27, Johnstown, NY
  • Savannah D. Bursese, 24, Johnstown, NY
  • Patrick K. Cushing, 31, Halfmoon, NY
  • Amanda D. Halse, 26, Halfmoon, NY
  • Erin R. McGowan, 34, Amsterdam, NY
  • Shane T. McGowan, 30, Amsterdam, NY
  • Amanda Rivenburg, 29, Colonie, NY
  • Adam G. Jackson, 34, Amsterdam, NY
  • Rachael K. Cavosie, 30, Waterford, NY
  • Michael C. Ukaj, 33, Johnstown, NY

Limousine Driver

  • Scott T. Lisinicchia, 53, Lake George, NY

Pedestrians

  • Brian Hough, 46, Moravia, NY
  • James Schnurr, 70, Kerhonkson, NY

Some funeral arrangements were announced late Tuesday.

Combined Services for Abigail (King) Jackson, Adam “Action” Jackson, Mary (King) Dyson, Robert J. Dyson, Allison A. King, Amy (King) Steenburg, Axel J. Steenburg and Richard Steenburg Jr. are as follows:

A Gathering for Family, Friends & The Community will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 3 until 7p.m. at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church, 50- 52 Cornell Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at 1 o’clock at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church, 50- 52 Cornell Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010.  Burial services will be private.

Services for Shane McGowan and Erin (Vertucci) McGowan are as follows:

A Gathering for Family, Friends & The Community will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 2 until 6p.m. at Historic St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 156 East Main Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 11:15a.m. at Historic St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 156 East Main Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010. Burial will follow in St. Casimir’s Cemetery.

Services for Savannah Devonne Bursese are as follows:

The family will receive relatives and friends from 3 until 7p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St, Gloversville, NY.

A private Celebration of Savannah’s Life will take place Friday at the convenience of the family.

Here is what we know about the victims:

Amy (King) Steenburg was celebrating her 30th Birthday. She and Axel Steenburg were married earlier this summer.

Rich Steenburg was Axel’s brother. He leaves behind a wife and a daughter.

Abby King –Jackson was a teacher at Lynch Literacy Academy. She was a sister of Amy’s. Adam Jackson was married to Abby and worked for the Montgomery County Board of Elections. They leave behind two young daughters.

Allison King

Allison King was a 2010 graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh. She was one of Amy’s sisters.                                         

Erin (Vertucci) McGowan and Shane McGowan were both from Amsterdam. They were married earlier this year at St. Mary’s Church.

Brian Hough was an assistant professor of geology at SUNY Oswego who arrived at the college in 2016 as a visiting professor. He taught courses in stratigraphy, oceanography, historical geology, and paleontology.

Patrick Cushing grew up in Amsterdam. His family says he participated in every sport and was very passionate about dodgeball. Patrick was employed by the NYS Senate in the IT department.  He was dating Amanda Halse. Amanda was from Halfmoon and known for her creativity. 

Robb Dyson and Mary Dyson were married. Mary was Amy’s sister.

Amanda Rivenburg was from Colonie. She worked directly with individuals with disabilities at Living Resources. She was a 2011 graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh and earned her degree in social work.

Savannah Bursese was a graduate of Hartwick College where she captained the women’s volleyball team.

Savannah Bursese

Michael Ukaj was a Marine who served a tour in Iraq. The day of the crash was also his birthday. He was turning 34 years old.

Michael C. Ukaj

Scott Lisinicchia was the driver of limo. Law enforcement confirmed he did not have the proper license to operate the limo.

Scott T. Lisinicchia

State Police have set up a dedicated phone line to assist family members of the victims. Family members are encouraged to call 1-877-672-4911.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

State Police say that the victims were active on their cell phones prior to the crash, both texting and on social media.  State Police is asking anyone that may have been in contact with the victims to contact State Police at 518-630-1700.

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