Both the driver and one of the passengers in the country’s deadliest transportation accident since 2009 lived in the area, and both are being mourned now.
The limousine driver in Saturday’s deadly crash lived in Queensbury, and friends are raising money for his funeral.
Scott Lisinicchia was driving the limo that crashed in Schoharie, killing 20 people.
He was married to Kim Green-Lisinicchia, who for years provided free makeovers in Glens Falls through her nonprofit, Fashion for Prosperity. It was designed for victims of domestic violence, people who were homeless and those who had achieved sobriety after addiction.
Green-Lisinicchia posted the GoFundMe link on Facebook before saying she would be leaving Facebook while she grieved.
“I want to thank you all for your prayers and comfort,” she wrote. “It hurts me to a core to have to bury my husband. I miss him so very much ... I love you Scott.”
The GoFundMe campaign for him can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/68a0zs8/. It was organized by a friend who only identified herself as Thea.
All money raised will go toward funeral expenses. As of Monday afternoon, $650 had been raised.
One of the passengers, Amanda Halse, 26, was originally from Fort Ann.
Halse still has family in the area, although she was most recently living in Troy.
Amanda’s sister, Karina, visited the crash scene on Monday, saying, “My heart is sunken. It’s in a place where I’ve never felt this type of pain before.”
Amanda was a waitress at a retirement community and was “a very strong and independent person” who didn’t like people to do things for her, according to her sister.
“She would be the one to initiate things,” she said.
Amanda graduated from Fort Ann High School in 2010, winning two awards: Friends of Fine Arts Award for Visual Arts and the Mildred Brown Gould Memorial Award. She played soccer as a defender on the school’s varsity team.
She went on to SUNY Adirondack, where she was on the dean’s list in fall 2011 for maintaining a GPA of 3.2 or higher. According to her Facebook page, she also attended SUNY Oswego and later moved to Troy.
Halse was on the birthday limo trip because her boyfriend, Patrick Cushing, was invited. He was a cousin of another passenger on the trip.
The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the causes of the crash. It was the worst fatal transportation accident in the United States since 2009.
The driver did not have the proper license for a limo, the NTSB said.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report