Police release official list of victims killed in Schoharie crash

October 09, 2018 06:34 PM

State police have released the names of all the victims in the Schoharie limousine crash.

Limousine Passengers

Axel J. Steenburg, 29, Amsterdam, NY | Amy L. Steenburg, 29, Amsterdam, NY: The limousine that crashed Saturday was headed to a brewery in Cooperstown, New York, to celebrate Amy Steenburg's 30th birthday. Amy and Axel had been married in June and traveled extensively in recent months, according to their Facebook pages. Amy, a nurse, was one of the four sisters killed the crash. The couple lived in Amsterdam with their dog. In her final Facebook post, Amy wrote that she loved her husband "more than words can say." "You are such an amazing man and entertain all my crazy ideas," she wrote. "Even when I move a couch just to move it back to the original place."

Richard M. Steenburg, 34, Johnstown, NY: Richard Steenburg died along with his brother, Axel. He worked for GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor and manufacturing company. The New York Times reported that he was survived by a 10-year-old daughter and 14-year-old stepson. "The entire GF community is extremely saddened by this incident and we are working closely with the families to provide comprehensive support," Laura Kelly, the company's vice president of global communications, said in a statement.

Allison King, 31, Ballston Spa, NY: King was killed in the crash along with her three sisters. A Facebook fundraiser created for her parents, Tom and Linda King, had raised more than $132,000 as of Monday evening.

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Mary E. Dyson, 33, Watertown, NY | Robert J. Dyson, 34, Watertown, NY: Mary Dyson died in Saturday's crash along with her husband, Rob. She was one of the four sisters killed. The Dysons lived in Watertown, New York, where Mary worked as an engineer and a coach at Star Spangled Crossfit, which dedicated a workout to her on Monday. An Army veteran, Mary Dyson worked for Upstate Construction Services and was vice president of Theta Phi Alpha sorority when she was a student at Clarkson University, according to WWNY-TV.

Abigail M. Jackson, 34, Amsterdam, NY | Adam G. Jackson, 34, Amsterdam, NY: The Jacksons left behind two daughters, Archer and Elle, ages 4 and 1. Abby Jackson, as she was known, worked as a teacher in the Greater Amsterdam School District, said her aunt, Barbara Douglas, of Dannemora. 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 Jackson worked as a deputy commissioner at the Montgomery County Board of Elections, according to his Facebook page. Abigail was among the four sisters killed.

Matthew W. Coons, 27, Johnstown, NY | Savannah D. Bursese, 24, Johnstown, NY: Coons, of Johnstown, was a weightlifting aficionado described by relatives as a gentleman with a dry wit. "He had a huge heart, a golden heart," said his aunt, Suzanne Douglass. "He made you laugh so hard until you cried." Coons lived with his girlfriend, and a sister who has two daughters, his nieces. "He will be sorely missed by his sister and her children," Douglass said. "He made their life very joyful with his very sweet disposition. He also financially supported the household and was also a father figure to his much younger brother."

Patrick K. Cushing, 31, Troy, NY | Amanda D. Halse, 26, Fort Ann, NY: Halse, 26, a waitress in Watervliet, was in the limousine with Cushing, her boyfriend, who worked in the technology office of New York's Senate. Senate Leader John Flanagan described Cushing Monday as an "extraordinary" employee and "wonderful young man." Known as "Cush," Cushing also played for Team USA Dodgeball. "Cushing's unconditional kindness and ability to make friends of his fiercest competitors made him the consummate sportsman all dodgeballers strive to be," his team wrote in a Facebook post. Halse's sister, Karina, who visited the crash site Monday, said Cushing and Halse were like "two peas in a pod." "My sister was a very strong and independent person," Karina Halse said. "She didn't like it when other people did things for her. She would be the one to initiate things." "I feel like my heart is sunken. It's in a place where I've never felt this type of pain before," Karina Halse said. The sisters had been texting on Saturday as Amanda Halse got into the limo to head to the birthday party. Before Amanda Halse received her sister's reply, she died in the crash.

Amanda Rivenburg, 29, Colonie, NY: Amanda Rivenburg was close to her parents and remembered by friends and coworkers for her sense of humor. She worked for seven years for Living Resources, a New York nonprofit that works with people who have disabilities, serving as assistant director of the organization's day community opportunities program. Her colleagues came together at work on Monday to share stories about Rivenburg, a gathering that led to both tears and laughter. "Amanda was loved by all of her coworkers," said Steve Klein, associate executive director of program services at the company. "She was passionate about her work and everyone relied on her for guidance."

Erin R. McGowan, 34, Amsterdam, NY

Shane T. McGowan, 30, Amsterdam, NY

Rachael K. Cavosie, 30, Waterford, NY

Michael C. Ukaj, 34, Johnstown, NY

Limousine Driver

Scott T. Lisinicchia, 53, Lake George, NY: Friends and family members identified Lisinicchia as the driver of the limousine on social media. His wife, Kim, posted on Facebook that "it hurts me to a core to have to bury my husband." She linked to a GoFundMe that said Lisinicchia's family "appreciates the love and support to help with his unexpected final expenses." "The investigation is STILL going on and the facts are not verified," his niece, Courtney Lisinicchia, wrote on Facebook.


Brian Hough, 46, Moravia, NY
James Schnurr, 70, Kerhonkson, NY


WNYT Staff / AP

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