Flags Lowered to Half-Staff as Thousands Mourn 20 Schoharie Crash Victims
In memory of the 20 lives lost in the tragic limo crash in Schoharie New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing flags be lowered to half-staff.
"The entire family of New York mourns for the lives cut short in this crash," said Governor Cuomo in a statement.
"In the wake of the Schoharie crash, it is hard to fathom the extent of this tragedy. We lost mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, sisters, brothers and friends, and the community will never be the same.
"Some of those who tragically died were among our family of State employees, including Justice Center employee Amy King Steenburg, SUNY Oswego professor Brian Hough, and Patrick Cushing, a New York State Senate employee. On behalf of the State of New York, I extend my deepest condolences to the families of all of those lost, their loved ones and coworkers in this incredibly difficult time."
A limo, carrying friends and family celebrating a birthday, failed to stop at the intersection of State Route 30 and 30-A in Schoharie, Saturday October 6th, killing the driver, 17 passengers and 2 pedestrians.
An investigation into the crash reveals the limo had failed inspection last month and the driver didn't have the proper license to operate a limo.
Thousands mourned together during a candle light vigil for the 20 lives lost. A moment of silence was held at Yankee stadium before Tuesday night's game against the Red Sox, keeping Schoharie vicitms in 'Our thoughts & prayers.'