Brian Hough was one of 20 people killed Saturday when a limo ran through an intersection and barreled into the parking lot of a country store in upstate New York.
Hough was a 1990 graduate of Boiling Springs High School and worked as an assistant professor of geology for the State University of New York at Oswego, near Ithaca.
His brother James says that Brian and his wife were in Schoharie for a wedding when the accident happened. They had just stopped at the Apple Barrel Country Store to eat when Brian and another person were hit and killed.
All 18 people in the limo, including the driver, were killed.
Brian was the oldest of three brothers and a lover of nature and the outdoors.
Tragedy, unfortunately, is all too familiar for the Hough family. James says a middle brother died three years ago from cancer.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the limo driver was not properly licensed to operate that vehicle, and that the 2001 Ford Excursion failed inspection just last month.
According to ABC News, the vehicle was a modified stretch limo, meaning a factory SUV was cut in half and then extended. Those types of vehicles that are initially built for consumers and then converted are not regulated by a federal agency, and often lack basic safety features like side airbags or rollover protection.
Brian Hough leaves behind a wife and 9-year-old son. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.