Students from the Cooperstown SADD chapter were among the first in the state to view the Amy Stock Memorial, which was unveiled Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office.
The students said they were deeply moved by the memorial, which features the car Amy Stock was driving when she was killed by a drunk driver last year. The Memorial is a trailer which the Otsego County STOP-DWI program will be able to tow to events around the state.
Stock, a Capital Region environmentalist and professor, was killed July 19, 2015 in Albany. Tuesday would have been Amy’s 50th birthday.
Stock’s brother, Tom Stock, and sister, Eileen Anania, spoke at the unveiling and said they knew soon after the tragedy they wanted to not let their sister’s car rust away in a junkyard. Instead, they wanted it to be preserved in some fashion in order to educate the public about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
Their first thought was to display it at Gloversville High School, from which all seven Stock children graduated. However, once they actually saw the vehicle, it became evident it would be too traumatic for the family to have the wrecked vehicle so close to home. Eventually, the Stock family teamed up with Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr., who was willing to take the car and use it as a permanent and moveable memorial that could be trailered to events.