Cortland alum one of 20 killed in limousine crash

Abigail King Jackson (Photo: Facebook)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — One of the 20 people killed in a horrific limousine crash last week was a 2007 SUNY Cortland graduate and her husband.

Abigail King Jackson, of Schoharie, was an elementary school reading teacher and mother of two young daughters. Her husband, Adam Jackson, was also killed in the crash.

Jackson was one of four sisters who died in the accident, which occurred after the driver a stretch limousine carrying 18 people sped through an intersection and hit a parked car, fatally striking two pedestrians and crashing into a ditch, killing everyone inside the vehicle. The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

“What we know for sure is the pain caused by this loss is devastating to Abby’s surviving family, her friends and her community,” SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum said in a statement Friday afternoon. “It ripples far beyond those Abby knew personally to the millions of people throughout the country who read or watched coverage of the story and felt sympathy for the victims and those who will struggle forward without them.”

The couple’s children will be raised by their grandparents.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help pay for the children’s college tuition and other rexpenses.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam, N.Y. A private burial will be done at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the Jackson family requested that donations be made to help the couple’s children.