There have been three high profile wrong-way highway crashes in Westchester County in two years.
Since we posted the story below the movie trailer, a State Senator says he will propose a bill to make wrong way driving in the state a felony. Sen. Charles Fuschillo is from Long Island, where there have been over 20 incidents of high speed wrong way driving in recent years.
At just past the two year anniversary of the catastrophic Taconic wrong-way crash, driver Diane Schuler‘s husband is now suing his brother in law, according to Gothamist, the man who lost three children in the crash, because it was his car that she was driving the wrong way. This after Schuler has already filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming the road’s warning signs were insufficient.
On Wednesday, Jackie Hance, mother of the three girls, sued Daniel Schuler. Hance recently told her story to the Ladies Home Journal.
The tragic story, involving deaths of eight people, continues to baffle many. In the moments leading up to the crash near Briarcliff Manor, Schuler’s niece, 9-year-old Emma Hance, called her mother from the car. “There’s something wrong with Aunt Diane,” she said. That is now the title of a new HBO documentary, directed by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner, Liz Garbus.
Schuler, her 2-year-old daughter, Erin, and her nieces Emma Hance, 8, Alyson Hance, 7, and Kate Hance, 5, died in the July 26, 2009, crash, as did the three occupants of the SUV: Michael Bastardi Sr., Guy Bastardi and Daniel Longo.
Michael Bastardi, whose father, brother and friend were killed in the crash has said he would have nothing to do with the HBO film because he says he felt it glorified Schuler.
“It’s almost impossible to live with losing them and still have to listen to people talk about how she was the perfect mother,” Bastardi has said in other reports.
Bastardi has also published his own account of the crash’s aftermath, “The Taconic Tragedy: A Son’s Search for the Truth,” was written by his wife, Jeanne.
What should you do if you see a wrong way driver? Below is advice from an attorney who spends a lot of time on such things:
• Get to the shoulder and stop. • If you can’t get to the shoulder, slow down and attempt to safely stop your vehicle by pulling to the right. • Sound your horn. • Put on your lights and flash the high beams. • Call 9-1-1. • Before getting in the car wear your seat belts. • Drive in the right hand lane of travel on the Interstate. • When passing or coming to the crest of a hill look ahead for a wrong-way driver making sure the lane is clear. • Assume when in the left hand lane of a divided highway that you may come upon a wrong-way driver. • When driving on a divided highway stay vigilant and pay attention to what is ahead of you. Avoid allowing distractions to take your attention off the road ahead.