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Family of Schoharie crash victim: It seems like yesterday.

October 03, 2019 10:47 PM

Patrick Cushing will forever be 31 years old.

"It's incredibly raw. Every day is raw. Emotions are -- literally, I can hear the wrong word or the right word and you know I just cry. And it's okay. It's okay," said Kevin Cushing.

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Kevin Cushing said he had been texting his son the morning of October 6, 2018 about a dresser he was giving Pat and his girlfriend, Amanda Halse. The couple had moved in together and the Cushing family says Amanda was the love of Pat's life.

"The texts stopped around quarter to one - 12:30 and we knew he was going someplace. We didn't know where," said Kevin.

Pat and Amanda died that day along with 15 other passengers killed instantly when the limousine they were riding in crashed in Schoharie.

"Every time we would talk to him and he was going someplace or doing something, have a great time be safe. And that's what he and all of his friends were doing. They were going to have a good time. They were going to do it safely. Unfortunately, that just didn't happen to be the case this time," said Kevin.

While the aftermath and investigation into the crash has played out on a public stage, the Cushing family has been mourning privately. They have chosen to find comfort in each other and their memories.

"I just miss his voice so much and his laugh and just how he made himself available. He always made time for everyone," said Hannah Cushing, Pat's younger sister.

"When my sister said his voice, that's what got to me. He had a very unique voice. He always had a unique perspective. He was really the social one out of the bunch. He's the one who would go into a group of people and he'd come out friends with everyone," said Justin Cushing, Pat's older brother.

Pat was an athlete. He played softball and competitive dodgeball. He was so good at dodgeball he made the U.S. National Team and competed in two world championships.

Justin says he and Pat also shared a love of music and video games.

"The hobbies I have, you realize after the fact that a lot of them involved him, and you realize a lot of things you used to find fun just not as satisfying as they were before," said Justin.

As the one-year anniversary of his death approaches, the Cushings say the concept of time has changed. They wish they could turn back the clocks.

"I still post on Patrick's Facebook page. It makes no sense. I have emailed him. I've done all kinds of things like that. I called his old cell number. Thank god no one is answering it, because sometimes I just needed to feel that I could even though I know that I can't. It's really hard," said Kevin.

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Jacquie Slater

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