New York limousine crash victims included newlyweds, brothers

A limousine crash in upstate New York on Saturday killed 20 people, officials have said. Now, portraits of the victims, including a pair of newlyweds, have started to emerge.

Officials said all 18 people in the limousine died, as well as two pedestrians.

Rich Steenburg, 34, his 29-year-old sibling Axel Steenburg and Axel’s wife Amy all were in the limousine and died, the brothers’ stepfather, Lester Andrews, told the New York Times.

“[Axel and Amy] rented the limo with some families and I don’t know exactly what they were doing,” Andrews told the newspaper. “There’s just a lot of confusion, so many people died.”

The couple tied the knot this past summer, according to Andrews.

Axel Steenburg and his wife, Amy, were killed, according to Axel's stepfather, Lester Andrews. 

Axel Steenburg and his wife, Amy, were killed, according to Axel’s stepfather, Lester Andrews. 
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Both Steenburg siblings worked for GlobalFoundries, the Albany Times-Union reported. A GoFundMe page is seeking help with funeral costs.

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Other victims also have been named – including parents Adam and Abby Jackson.

“Archer, 4 years old, Elle, 16 months, tragically lost their parents, Adam and Abby, on October 6th in a horrific car accident,” a GoFundMe page says.

Axel Steenburg, left, and his brother Rich Steenburg, right, were both killed, according to their stepfather, Lester Andrews.

Axel Steenburg, left, and his brother Rich Steenburg, right, were both killed, according to their stepfather, Lester Andrews.
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Speaking through tears, Valerie Abeling said her niece, Erin Vertucci, was among the victims. Vertucci and her newlywed husband, Shane McGowan, were on their way to the birthday party of a friend when the crash unfolded. Abeling said her own daughter had been invited along but couldn’t go.

“She was a beautiful, sweet soul; he was too,” Abeling said.

The couple was married at a “beautiful wedding” in June at a venue in upstate New York, Abeling said.

She added, “They had everything going for them.”

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Vertucci was 34 and McGowan was 30. They met through Abeling’s daughter.

Vertucci, who grew up in Amsterdam, New York, was an administrative assistant at St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam.

Saturday’s crash in Schoharie was the deadliest transportation incident in the U.S. since a 2009 plane crash in Buffalo, New York, killed 50 people, officials said.

Newlyweds Erin Vertucci, 34 and Shane McGowan, 30 were among those killed in the limousine crash in upstate New York, said Valerie Abeling, aunt of Erin.

Newlyweds Erin Vertucci, 34 and Shane McGowan, 30 were among those killed in the limousine crash in upstate New York, said Valerie Abeling, aunt of Erin.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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