GoFundMe establishes hub site for donations
ALBANY, N.Y. The state attorney general is working with GoFundMe to ensure all donations related to the limousine crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people go to the intended beneficiaries.
Attorney General Barbara Underwood said Friday that the online fundraising site has established a centralized hub for all verified campaigns related to the Oct. 6 crash. It’s at gofundme. com/cause/schohariecrash.
Daniel Gordon, GoFundMe’s vice president of trust, policy and communications, said the site is working with all parties to ensure the money goes directly to the surviving family members listed.
As of midday Friday, more than 6,000 donors had pledged more than $353,000 to 12 GoFundMe campaigns for crash victims’ families. The money is intended for funeral costs, future support and college costs for victims’ young children and other family expenses.
All 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians were killed when the vehicle sped through a stop sign at the T intersection of Route 30 and 30A in Schoharie, into the parking lot of a popular store and then into a wooded area. The pedestrians were Kerhonkson resident James Schnurr, 70, and his sonin-law, Brian Hough, 46, an assistant professor at SUNY Oswego.
The limo was carrying people to a birthday party in Cooperstown. Police have said the vehicle failed a safety inspection last month and that the driver, who was among the dead, lacked the proper license to be at the wheel.
The operator of the Saratoga County-based limo company was charged Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide.
The limo ran this stop sign at the T intersection of Routes 30 and 30A in Schoharie, N.Y., on Saturday, Oct. 6.