More Goodbyes to Schoharie Limo Crash Victims

Schoharie Limo Crash

There were huge crowds over the weekend to say goodbye and honor the memory of some of the victims of last weekend's deadly limo crash in Schoharie. 

About 300 people lined Amsterdam's main street to remember 34-year-old Erin and 30-year-old Shane McGowan Sunday.

People also stood in line for hours at St. Stanislaus Church on Saturday, to pay respects to four sisters, three husbands, and a brother-in-law. 

In Halfmoon, it was a different kind of event, as dodgeball players from all over came to the Sportsplex to remember Patrick Cushing, a member of the U.S. team.

Teammate Rob Immel says it was important to get together and get back to what they loved doing.

Immel says it was tough, but he's glad everyone was able to get together.

Meanwhile, the State Senate is introducing new regulations for stretch limos following the crash.

The legislation introduced on Friday includes requirements that stretch limousines be taken off the road after 10 years and impose a minimum liability insurance of $2 million dollars.

Additionally, it would mandate that a license plate sized sticker be displayed on a passenger door indicating the date of the last successful inspection.

If it fails that sticker would be replaced with one that indicates it failed.    

And Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate every stretch limo crash that has happened in this country. 

Schumer says the NTSB then should make recommendations for safety standards and then implement them.

Schumer says he's hopeful that within six months, recommendations will be made and implemented and if there is a need for legislation, he will push it through.

Photo: WNYT

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