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One of the victims of the horrific limousine accident that killed all 17 passengers, the driver and two pedestrians in Schoharie was a 29-year-old graduate of Colonie High School.
Amanda Rivenburg was living in Albany, and had been working as the assistant director of the Day Community Opportunities Program at Living Resources NY, a facility headquartered on Washington Avenue Ext. that offers programs and services to people with disabilities and their families in Albany and Saratoga counties.
“I’d like to take this time to thank everyone on behalf of Amanda’s family for all the donations,” wrote her Aunt Barbara Rivenburg on her niece’s Facebook page. “She had her whole life ahead of her. I am so lost for words but I do know she loved you all. She will be missed by so many. Try and remember all the good times you all had with her and of course we can’t ever forget her beautiful smile.”
A gofundme page has been established for Rivenburg and as of Tuesday, Oct. 9, had generated more than $6,000, more than twice its set goal.
She was a cheerleader and a softball player growing up, according to the page, and she loved the Mets. She and her dad would take a road trip every year to see them play.
“She will be remembered fondly through her loving spirit, wonderful smile, thoughtful nature, and her genuine commitment to her colleagues and individuals that we serve,” said Living Resources CEO Fred Erlich. “Over the last couple of days, many have shared wonderful memories of Amanda and we encourage you to continue to do so. It is through these heartfelt memories that her spirit will live on in each of us.”
Prior to spending seven years at Living Resources, she worked as a supervisor at the Price Chopper on Shaker Road.
Rivenburg had two dogs, a mother and daughter, and family members are looking for someone to adopt them, preferably together. You can visit a Facebook page with information by clicking here.
To make a donation on the gofundme page click here.
The other victims were from the Amsterdam area, Saratoga County, Fulton County and Watertown.
Officials have determined the limo, a modified 2001 Ford Explorer, was not inspected and should not have been on the road at the time of the crash.
It is the worst transportation related accident in this country since 2009.