Mother of limo crash victim vows to prevent similar tragedies

December 19, 2018 07:34 PM

Donna Rivenburg says what happened back in early October should never have happened. Through tears, sadness and determination, she's trying to make sure it never happens again.

Nobody can or wants to imagine what it's like to walk in Rivenburg's shoes. However, she is a strong woman. Rivenburg spoke to NewsChannel 13 on Wednesday, because she says speaking about her daughter and telling the world what a beautiful, wonderful, sweet person she was is therapeutic and it makes her feel better.


It was one of those moments that define the rest of your life. When that out of control limousine crashed in Schoharie County the first Saturday in October, Rivenburg says it felt like someone tore her heart out.

"I very rarely leave the house if I don't have to. I stay to myself. Although, my friends are trying to drag me out and do things just to keep me going and keep me busy," she explained.

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Rivenburg's 29-year old daughter, Amanda, was riding in that limousine. She was one of 20 souls lost on that day.

"She was beyond words. She accomplished a lot in her short life," said Rivenburg. "She was just loved by everybody."

Rivenburg says she's not sure yet how to deal with Christmas. However, she has the support of friends and family to help her grieve the painful loss.

"My family is there. Many, many, many friends have given me support and love. It's just been overwhelming," she noted.

Rivenburg says speaking about the tragedy has been therapeutic, but she says the ultimate pay off will come when justice is served.

"You can't do this. You can't put people in cars that aren't safe – and if we get justice, then maybe this will stop other people from doing it," she said.

Through attorneys, Rivenburg filed a civil lawsuit in the limousine case earlier this month. That's something she didn't want to talk about with us. However, she mentioned that if there is a criminal trial for the limousine company's owner, she does plan on attending. She knows it won't be easy, but if justice is served, she says it will be worth it.


Dan Levy & WNYT Staff

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