Four sisters, three US Army veterans, two brothers, and two pairs of newlyweds who had only just tied the knot in June.
These are just some of the 20 victims of Saturday’s horrific limo crash in upstate New York, which has devastated dozens of families and left three young children orphans.
The close-knit group of friends inside the limo were on their way to a surprise 30th birthday party at a brewery, organized by a husband for his new wife.
After blasting through a stop sign at a busy intersection, the limo barreled through the parking lot of a popular store and killed a professor and his father-in-law.
As the National Transportation Safety Board and New York State Police begin to sift through the limo company’s troubled history, families are remembering the victims.
Here are their stories:
Amy & Axel Steenburg
The limousine that crashed Saturday was headed to a brewery in Cooperstown, New York, to celebrate Amy Steenburg’s 30th birthday. Amy was killed alongside her new husband Axel
The limousine that crashed on Saturday was headed to a brewery in Cooperstown, New York, to celebrate Amy Steenburg’s 30th birthday.
Axel, 29, and Amy had just tied the knot in June.
Amy was a nurse for the state Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.
Her three sisters – Allison, Mary, and Abby – were also killed, as were two of their husbands and Axel’s brother Rich.
Amy’s three sisters – Allison, Mary, and Abby – were also killed. Pictured: Allison King (center) Abby Jackson (front left), Amy (front right) and Mary Dyson (back row, right)
Just days before the crash, Amy had uploaded a post gushing about Axel to Facebook which read: ‘I love you more than words can say.’
‘You are such an amazing man and entertain all my crazy ideas. Even when I move a couch just to move it back to the original place.’
Amy and Axel had rented a bus from Prestige Limousines. When the bus broke down en-route to the brewery, it sent a 2011 Ford Excursion stretch limo in its place.
Abigail & Adam Jackson
Amy’s sister Abigail and her husband Adam Jackson were parents to Archer, four, and one-year-old Elle (all pictured together)
Amy’s sister Abigail and her husband Adam Jackson were parents to Archer, four, and one-year-old Elle.
A GoFundMe campaign was launched for the young girls after they lost both parents in the crash. It has since raised more than $100,000.
‘Adam and Abby were amazing parents to these girls and taken much too soon,’ the description reads.
‘While families will step in and provide loving care for these girls, there will be expenses that we can help with during this time when we otherwise feel so helpless.’
Abigail, or ‘Abby’ as she was known, was a reading teacher at Lynch Literacy Academy. Adam was a deputy commissioner with the Montgomery County Board of Elections
Abigail, or ‘Abby’ as she was known, was a reading teacher at Lynch Literacy Academy.
She became a teacher because she loved working with children, Rich Peters, president of the Amsterdam Teachers Association, told the Times Union.
‘She wanted to help them better their lives,’ he said.
Adam was a deputy commissioner with the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
MARY & ROB DYSON
Mary, one of the four sisters killed in the crash, and her husband Rob Dyson left behind a three-year-old son named Issac
Mary, one of the four sisters killed in the crash, and her husband Rob Dyson left behind a three-year-old son.
The couple lived in Watertown, New York, where Mary – who served in the US Army from 2007 to 2013 – worked as an engineer.
She was also a coach at Star Spangled Crossfit, which dedicated a workout to her on Monday.
A GoFundMe campaign for Issac, who is now in the care of Rob’s mother, has since been launched.
The couple graduated from Clarkson University together in 2007, and the school held a candlelight vigil for them on Monday night.
‘Clarkson is a tight-knit community,’ it wrote in a statement on Facebook. ‘All losses like this cause us to come together and reflect on the friendships we’ve made.’
Allison King, pictured with her niece, also died in the tragic crash that left 20 people dead
Allison King, sister to Mary, Abby, and Amy, also perished in the devastating crash.
King was one of four people in the limo who was an alumni of SUNY Plattsburgh, where she graduated in 2010 with a degree in speech communications.
Barbara Douglas, the sisters’ aunt, said the family was completely devastated by their loss.
She described all four sisters, who were aged 30 to 35, as ‘beautiful girls, full of life’ and said two were mothers.
‘They had their whole lives ahead of them,’ she said.
Axel’s brother Rich, (right) was also killed in the accident. Pictured left, a tribute to all three of the Steenburgs posted on social media
Rich Steenburg, 34, was killed alongside his brother Axel. They both worked at GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor and manufacturing company.
Steenburg’s wife Kimberly had planned to go to the birthday party, but canceled at the last minute because she wasn’t feeling well.
The couple share two children together, a 10-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. They recently bought a home together.
Steenburg’s family released a statement on Monday evening, saying they had ‘suffered tremendous loss that is nothing short of tragic’.
‘Those left behind by the perished include children, spouses and parents — among others,’ it read.
‘We thank all of the first responders who have assisted, those who have reached out with kindness and love and those who continue to support us as we mourn those we lost.’
ERIN & SHANE MCGOWAN
Erin and Shane McGowan were one of two pairs of newlyweds in Saturday’s tragic limo crash
Erin and Shane McGowan were one of two pairs of newlyweds in Saturday’s tragic limo crash.
Shane, 30, and Erin, 34, had only just tied the knot in June after dating for three years.
McGowan was an administrative assistant at St Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam.
She had recently been thinking of going back to school to become a billing administrator, according to her aunt Valerie Abeling.
‘They had everything going for them,’ Abeling said. ‘She was a beautiful, sweet soul. He was too. They were two very young, beautiful people.’
Shane, 30, and Erin, 34, had only just tied the knot in June after dating for three years
Anthony Vertucci, Erin’s uncle, spoke of the ‘darkness and devastation’ that had hit his family and shared photos of his niece’s wedding day in a heartbreaking tribute.
‘My heart has stopped,’ he wrote. ‘Unspeakable tragedy that I can’t comprehend and will never come to terms with.’
‘I just wanted all of you to see pictures of Erin and Shane, these two beautiful and amazing people, on the best and happiest days of their lives.’
It was Erin who had texted both Abeling and her friend Melissa Healey about the state of the limo before it crashed.
McGowan told Abeling the limo was in ‘terrible condition’, and texted Healey that the motor was ‘making everyone deaf’.
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Source: Daily Mail