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LIMO CRASH INTERSECTION

The limo failed to stop at a T-junction with state Route 30A, state police said. It then went across the road and hit an unoccupied SUV parked at the Apple Barrel.

Brian Hough, a 1990 graduate of Boiling Springs High School, was one of two pedestrians in the parking lot of Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie, New York, Saturday when a limousine ran through a stop sign and collided with a parked SUV.

The limousine carrying four sisters, other relatives and friends to a birthday celebration blew through a stop sign Saturday around 5 p.m. and slammed into a parked SUV outside the store in upstate New York, killing all 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians — Hough, 46, and his father-in-law, James Schnurr, 71.

Hough, an assistant professor of geology at the State University of New York at Oswego, and Schnurr were identified Tuesday as the two pedestrians killed in the crash, according to Facebook posts by relatives and media reports. Police said Hough, of Moravia, New York, and Schnurr, of Kerhonkson, New York, were standing in the store parking lot when they were killed.

Hough’s mother, Artra Hough, talked to the New York Post about the crash.

“He’s just a very warmhearted wonderful person. He’s a great father, a great son,” Artra Hough told the Post. “He loved teaching, he loved working with students.”

Hough is survived by his wife and their 8-year-old son, said Artra Hough, who lost a son to cancer four years ago.

“He loved teaching, he loved working with students,” she said of Brian.

Hough’s brother James said Brian and his wife were in Schoharie for a wedding and had just stopped at the Apple Barrel Country Store to eat when the crash happened.

Hough’s aunt Katie Kent also took to Facebook to mourn Hough’s death, according to the New York Post.

“We are absolutely devastated at the incomprehensible loss of my nephew and his father-in-law,” Kent wrote. “My nephew was an accomplished professor, an amazing husband, and daddy. Our family is trying to make sense of this. Prayers or well wishes please for my brother and sister-in-law, and Brian’s brother, JT.”

Hough arrived at SUNY Oswego in 2016 as a visiting professor who specialized in the interactions of tectonics and climate and paleoelevation. He taught courses in stratigraphy, oceanography, historical geology and paleontology, according to a statement from the school, according to the university’s website.

“In a short time, Brian became a major part of our campus family,” SUNY Oswego president Deborah Stanley said in a statement. “He was a dedicated faculty member who inspired his students to learn and understand at a deeper level, and whose contributions were often sought by his colleagues. He will be deeply missed and remembered fondly by all, always.”

Hough earned his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, a master’s degree from Idaho State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University.

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