Anniversary of fatal 2015 limo crash in Cutchogue marked

By Jean Paul Salamanca with Newsday

July 28, 2021

Originally published in Newsday on July 17, 2021.

The families were joined by State Sen. James Gaughran (D-Northport), who sponsored the legislation, and Smithtown Town Supervisor Ed Wehrheim.

Nancy DiMonte told Newsday after the service that the families put in "blood, sweat and tears" through the years to pass legislation, and the Schoharie crash motivated them to keep fighting, even though she said limo industry lobbyists fought hard against parts of the legislation behind the scenes.

"[The Schoharie crash] pushed us a lot. We can’t lose all these lives and think nobody is responsible for it," said DiMonte, whose daughter has since had multiple surgeries and will probably need lifetime care.

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