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A year after upstate New York limo crash killed 20, including Boiling Springs grad, memorial is unveiled

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A year after upstate New York limo crash killed 20, including Boiling Springs grad, memorial is unveiled

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. — A memorial to the 20 people killed when a stretch limousine blew through an intersection at the bottom of a hill and barreled into an earthen embankment a year ago was unveiled Oct. 5 at the crash site in upstate New York.

On a cold, foggy day, family members and first responders got a private first look at the memorial featuring 20 stones in a semicircle. They joined a gathering of about 100 people, including Christian clergy members, a rabbi and an imam, for the hourlong ceremony.

Each stone features a plaque bearing the name of a person killed in the Oct. 6, 2018, crash near a country store in Schoharie, New York. The 17 passengers, including four sisters, were on a birthday outing when the limo crashed.

Limousine Crash

A remembrance stone honors Brian Gregory Hough, a Boiling Springs High School grad, at the Reflections Memorial in Schoharie, New York.

Among the 20 total victims in the crash were Brian Hough, 46, a 1990 graduate of Boiling Springs High School, and his father-in-law, James Schnurr, 71. They were pedestrians in the parking lot of Apple Barrel Country Store when the limousine collided with a parked SUV. The driver of the limousine also was killed.

“It’s important that they never be forgotten,” said Jessica Kirby, president of Reflections Memorial Foundation. Kirby was working at her family’s country store the day of the crash and called 911.

A unique shoe print on each stone symbolizes the lasting impressions of the victims. There also will be stones honoring the emergency responders.

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“Hopefully, it reminds people on a daily basis of what’s important in their lives: their family, their friends,” Kirby said.

The not-for-profit foundation has raised more than $50,000 and hopes to raise $250,000 to fund continuous maintenance, she said.

The memorial is near the spot where crosses were mounted on a vertical plank shortly after the crash. That temporary memorial was donated to the New York State Museum.

The crash made renewed headlines in the week leading up to the year anniversary.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended stricter limousine safety standards Wednesday, and Sen. Chuck Schumer and congressional delegates said Thursday that they would introduce legislation to close loopholes in limousine safety standards.

The operator of the limousine has pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide and is scheduled to go on trial next year.

Limousine Crash

The Reflective Memorial features 20 stones in a semicircle, one for each victim in the October 2018 crash. 

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