Go­FundMe es­tab­lishes hub site for do­na­tions

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

AP FILE

The limo ran this stop sign at the T in­ter­sec­tion of Routes 30 and 30A in Schoharie, N.Y., on Satur­day, Oct. 6.

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