NYC limousine crash: Newlywed couple and young parents amongst 20 killed

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Within seconds, the limousine lost control, careening through the intersection and hitting an empty vehicle. But safety issues on such vehicles have arisen before, most notably after a wreck on Long Island in July 2015 in which four women on a winery tour were killed.

The driver, who was among those to die, did not have a licence to carry passengers.

At least one of the victims wasn't pleased with this as she reportedly sent a text message saying the limo was in awful condition.

She and her husband Rob lived in Watertown, New York, according to her Facebook page.

Image: Erin McGowan sent a text moments before she died. "I can't even imagine how it happened, or why it happened".

"They were two very young, handsome people", said Abeling. "Our lives have been changed forever".

Ms Steenburg, who was celebrating her 30th birthday, got married during the summer, and another newlywed couple, Erin Vertucci and Shane McGowan, also died.

The limo charged through a highway intersection without stopping last Saturday afternoon, in Schoharie, New York, the police and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.

Police said they are still investigating the cause of the crash and did not comment on the speed of the limousine.

The New York intersection where a limousine crashed, killing 18 people headed to a birthday party, is notoriously known as a unsafe intersection that officials have attempted to fix without success, a nearby store owner and officials said. "Prestige has a lot of questions to answer".

Various US reports named the driver as 53-year-old Scott Lisinicchia, but police have yet to officially confirm this.




The passengers of the limo - including four sisters, newlyweds and young couples - were all celebrating a birthday party, according to United States media. Their names were Abigail Jackson, Mary Dyson, Allison King and Amy.

Ms Barbara Douglas, the aunt of the sisters, said the victims were smart, handsome and lived life to the fullest.

"They were attractive girls, full of life".

"If there's anything they feel is unsafe that they would not operate that vehicle, they will write that up on a sheet that goes to our service department and that vehicle would be taken out of service immediately", Palfy said.

"They did the responsible thing getting a limo so they wouldn't have to drive anywhere", she said, adding the couples had several children between them who were left at home.

The fundraiser, set up by a friend of the girls' grandparents, Sarah Maltzman, is not just to help them with the expenses of raising two children, but also to start a college fund for them.

"If somebody's new to the area or not familiar with the area, I can see how it'd be easy to miss that you're coming down to the T-intersection and going to have to stop at the bottom of it", he said.

"They were the Four Musketeers, " he said. A teacher who wanted better lives for her students.

On top of that, the driver "did not have the appropriate driver's license to be operating that vehicle", Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

"I can tell you that wearing seat belts does saves lives". Traveling almost 60 miles per hour, he continued into the parking lot, smashing into an unoccupied parked vehicle and fatally hitting two pedestrians. The Apple Barrel's parking lot, a popular spot for autumn leaf-peepers, was filled with people and parked cars at the time of the crash.

Since the reconstruction, three semi-trailers had reportedly run through the same stop sign that the limo went through, she said. And the T-bone intersection where the crash occurred-where Route 30 meets Route 30A-has also been characterized as "very unsafe".

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