On Saturday, October 6th, 2018, a party limousine failed to stop at a rural city stop sign. Within an instant, the 17 limo passengers and three pedestrians were killed. The crash is now being recorded as the deadliest transportation disasters in the United States since 2009.
The fatal accident took place in upstate New York in the town of Schoharie. The limo was carrying 15 friends and family members of one of the victims, Amy L. Steenburg. Recently married on June 30th, 2018, Amy’s husband, Axel, organized the surprise trip for his wife and their closest friends and family members.
Axel, 29, and Amy, 29, were newlyweds who enjoyed the adventure and culture. They were adored by their friends and family which is why when Axel organized a surprise trip in honor of his wife, all 15 friends and family cheerfully said joined in. The plan was to visit an upstate brewery about 40 miles north of the crash site.
Several victims were Amy’s family, including three of her sisters and their husbands. The sister’s parents, Tom and Linda King, are entirely broken after learning the tragic loss of their four daughters and their spouses.
According to the NBC News, the accident took place at approximately 1:55 in the afternoon when the limousine failed to stop at a T-intersection and traveled through the nearby parking lot, where it hit an unoccupied 2015 Toyota Highlander. The limo crashed into more into two pedestrians were who in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store. The two pedestrians were visiting the town of Schoharie for a wedding when the unoccupied Highlander fatally struck them.
Several of the victims killed in the limousine were young parents: Rich Steenburg, 34, survived by his wife and two children, 10 and 4; Adam and Abigail Jackson, survived by their two children, 4 and 16-months. The other victims, were young newlyweds, teachers, and young adults. Their own family’s equally heartbroken and in desperate need of prayer.
The limousine driver, Scott T. Lisinicchia, 53, was also killed in the crash. According to NBC News, he did not have specific commercial driver's license required to drive that limousine. Furthermore, several news sites have indicated that he was provided with a “vehicle that was neither roadworthy nor safe for any of its occupants."
According to several outlets, the limousine had been cited for several citations including having “brakes out of service.” The vehicle was a stretch 2001 Ford Excursion. As of now, authorities aren’t entirely sure how the crash played out, but they believe that it failed to stop at an intersection before barrel-rolling down a hill and hitting the parked Toyota Highlander.
Please pray for the families of those affected by this freak-tragedy. So much life was lost, and so many are grieving. Children of these victims will never know their lives the same, and loved ones will never forget this fateful day in history. Please keep them the family and friends in your prayers.