Parents of two young children were among the victims of the deadly upstate stretch-limo crash that killed 20 people, according to reports Sunday.
The stretch was rented by Axel and Amy Steenberg, who were just hitched in June, and headed to a surprise birthday party, reports said.
“They rented the limo with some families, and I don’t know exactly what they were doing.” Axel’s stepdad, Lester Andrews, told the New York Times. “There’s just a lot of confusion, so many people died. Their mother is looking for some answers. She wants to know what happened to her sons.”
The ride careened through the intersection of Route 30 and Route 30A in Schoharie, about 35 miles west of Albany, shortly before 2 p.m and smashed into a packed parking lot, K.illing all 18 people inside the speeding vehicle and two bystanders outside a cafe that’s popular with fall-leaf peepers.
“I just wanted to say Axel Steenburg I love you more than words can say!” reads his newlywed wife’s final Facebook post Oct. 3, just three days before the crash. “You are such an amazing man and entertain all my crazy ideas. Even when I move a couch just to move it back to the original place. Thank you for being so kind and loving xo”
Steenburg’s older brother Rich, 34, was also among those killed, the Times reported.
“It is beyond devastating for everyone who knew them all,” Andrea Hojohn Orokos wrote of the brothers on a GoFundMe page for the siblings.
Newlyweds Shane and Erin McGowan were killed as well, according to family.
Erin’s aunt, Valerie Abeling, said the group was headed to a birthday party.