Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Newlyweds, sisters and close friends were killed in New York limo crash

Newlyweds, sisters and close friends were killed in New York limo crash

The parked vehicle was unoccupied, however two pedestrians were struck and killed.

Another young couple, Matthew Coons and Savannah Bursese, were also killed. The front end of the limo was crushed, forcing the engine into the driver compartment, NTSB officials said, describing the substantial "force and energy" required to create such extensive damage.

All 18 people in the limo, including the driver, were killed, Fiore said Sunday.

Amanda, 26, a waitress at a retirement community, was "a very strong and independent person" who didn't like people to do things for her, according to her sister.

The vehicle, which was transporting 18 people going to a birthday party when it crashed into a parked auto, was a last-minute replacement for a hired bus that had broken down.

The limousine struck a 2015 Toyota Highlander that was unoccupied in the parking lot, New York State Police first deputy superintendent Christopher Fiore said at a news conference Sunday.

A manager of the store said the limo was coming down the hill at "probably" 60 miles per hour, the New York Times reported. "I believe the jaws of life were here on the side of one of the fire trucks", local Bridey Finnagen said.

Erin and Shane McGowan were just starting a life together after five months of marriage, the Times Union of Rochester, New York reported.

A National Transportation Safety Board team arrived Sunday to investigate. "They'd do anything for you, and they were very close to each other".

"We want to see if the regulation for limousines is adequate", Sumwalt said.

They were among 17 young adults who climbed into the limo to celebrate their friend's 30th birthday at an upstate NY brewery, the paper and other media reported. She says Vertucci was 34 and McGowan was 30.

Among the victims were sisters Mary Dyson, Abby Jackson, Allison King, and Amy Steenburg; and husbands Adam Jackson, Robert Dyson and Axel Steenburg.

Recalling a text message Ms McGowan sent to her daughter, who was invited but did not go, Ms Abeling said: "The vehicle appeared in bad condition".

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.

Sumwalt said most of the victims were found inside the vehicle following the crash and one or two victims may have been ejected.

On Monday New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, criticized Prestige for "putting a failed vehicle on the road". Federal transportation records say Prestige Limousine was owned by Shahed Hussain and was based at a motel in the area of Gansevoort.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said investigators were en route to the scene Sunday morning.

"She was a attractive, sweet soul; he was too", Abeling said.

The manager of the shop near the crash site said the intersection where the tragedy took place was a known danger spot that had concerned local residents for a long time. She was a teacher in the Amsterdam School District, reported The New York Times.

Linda Riley of Schenectady, New York, says she was in a parked vehicle at the Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie (skoh-HAY'-ree) on Saturday when she heard the noise.

All 20 people killed in the crash are being memorialized at a vigil Monday, including passengers Amanda Rivenburg, Rachael Cavosie, and Savannah Bursese.

The limo had been rented by Amy Steenburg and her husband Axel Steenburg, pictured above, for the birthday celebration, according to The New York Times.

Steenburg died along with his brother, Axel. She and her husband, Adam, pictured below, leave behind two young daughters, Archer, 4, and Elle, 16 months. "Did he know the vehicle?" "They were saving for a house and hoping to do everything that everybody hopes to do", he said.

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