Victim’s mother speaks out after Schoharie limo crash


A parent of one of the victims in the fatal Schoharie limousine crash spoke out Tuesday. 

Donna Rivenburg spoke through tears at times – devastated that she could lose her daughter to a tragedy that could have and should have been avoided. 

“She had a lot to live for,” she said. “Nobody should have to go through this.” 

Amanda Rivenburg was a 29-year-old social worker, a devoted dog mom, and her mother’s best friend. 

“It’s a nightmare,” Donna said. “A nightmare I will never wake up from. I will never forget that call.” 

That call came at midnight. Her daughter had died in a tragic limo accident in Schoharie County. Amanda was celebrating her friend’s 30th birthday. 

“You had 17 kids; they were kids,” Donna said. “To me they were kids. They were being responsible; doing the right thing.” 

They hired a limousine so they could party safely. 

“Leave the driving to somebody else, they say, and that’s what they did,” she said. “Paid the ultimate price anyway because somebody put a vehicle on the road that shouldn’t have been on the road.” 

That’s why Donna and Thomas Rivenburg have filed a suit against the Prestige Limousine company with intent to file against others. 

She’s calling for stricter regulations, for the state government to take action, and for all of us to hug our kids daily. 

“You never know when it will be your last,” she said. “The last time I talked to her was Friday morning. It’s just stuck in my head.” 

Donna said she hopes no other family will get a call like the one she got at midnight because somebody didn’t do their job and make sure a limousine was safe to be on the road.  

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