Names of victims in deadly Schoharie limo crash released

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On October 6, 2018, 20 people perished in the deadliest transportation incident within the last decade.

Below are the names of the victims confirmed by New York State Police:

Limousine Passengers

  • Axel J. Steenburg, 29, Amsterdam, NY
  • Richard M. Steenburg, 34, Johnstown, NY
  • Amy L. Steenburg, 29, Amsterdam, NY
  • Allison King, 31, Ballston Spa, NY
  • Mary E. Dyson, 33, Watertown, NY
  • Robert J. Dyson, 34, Watertown, NY
  • Abigail M. Jackson, 34, Amsterdam, NY
  • Matthew W. Coons, 27, Johnstown, NY
  • Savannah D. Bursese, 24, Johnstown, NY
  • Patrick K. Cushing, 31, Halfmoon, NY
  • Amanda D. Halse, 26, Halfmoon, NY
  • Erin R. McGowan, 34, Amsterdam, NY
  • Shane T. McGowan, 30, Amsterdam, NY
  • Amanda Rivenburg, 29, Colonie, NY
  • Adam G. Jackson, 34, Amsterdam, NY
  • Rachael K. Cavosie, 30, Waterford, NY
  • Michael C. Ukaj, 33, Johnstown, NY

Limousine Driver

  • Scott T. Lisinicchia, 53, Lake George, NY


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

Amy (King) Steenburg (29 years old) was celebrating her 30th Birthday.

Axel Steenburg (29 years old) was married to Amy. They are pictured below. The couple was married earlier this summer.

Rich Steenburg (34 years old) from Johnstown NY.    Rich was Axel’s brother. Rich leaves behind a wife and a daughter.

Abby King –Jackson (34 years old) was a teacher Lynch Literacy Academy. She was a sister of Amy’s.

Adam Jackson (34 years old) was Abby’s Husband and worked for the Montgomery County Board of Elections. They leave behind two young daughters.

Erin (Vertucci) McGowan – (34 years old) Erin was married to Shane McGowan. The couple was married earlier this year at St. Mary’s Church

Shane McGowen –(30 years old) Married to Erin Vertucci . Both were from Amsterdam.  They were both passengers in the limo.

Brian Hough was one of two pedestrian victims. He was an assistant professor of geology at SUNY Oswego who arrived at the college in 2016 as a visiting professor. He taught courses in stratigraphy, oceanography, historical geology, and paleontology.

Patrick Cushing (31 years old) was a passenger in the limo.  He grew up in Amsterdam. His family says he participated in every sport. He was very passionate about dodgeball. Patrick was employed by the NYS Senate in the IT department.  He was dating Amanda Halse, another passenger in the limo

Amanda Halse (26 years old)  Amanda was from Halfmoon, NY she was dating Patrick Cushing. 

Robb Dyson (34 years old) was from Watertown, NY he was married to Amy’s sister Mary.

Mary Dyson(33 years old) was from Watertown, NY sister of Amy.

Scott Lisinicchia – (53 years old) from Lake George, NY. Scott was the driver of limo. News10 has confirmed with law enforcement he did not have proper license to operate the limo.

State Police have set up a dedicated phone line to assist family members of the victims. Family members are encouraged to call 1-877-672-4911.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

State Police say that the victims were active on their cell phones prior to the crash, both texting and on social media.  State Police is asking anyone that may have been in contact with the victims to contact State Police at 518-630-1700.

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