Cover-up alleged in new book on Taconic Tragedy
A new book by family members of two of the victims in the fatal 2009 Taconic State Parkway crash that killed eight people claims the Schuler family has covered up what actually led to the tragedy.
Michael Bastardi and his wife Jeanne claim the family did nothing to prevent Diane Schuler from taking the wheel when some members of the family had observed her acting "sick." They also allege that her husband, Dan, was involved in an affair, leading her to drink.
In July 2009, officials say Schuler took her two kids and three nieces into a minivan and drove the wrong way on the parkway, slamming into a car carrying Michael Bastardi, Sr., his son Guy and family friend Dan Longo. The only survivor was Schuler?s 6-year-old son.
Toxicology reports indicated Schuler had twice the legal limit of alcohol in her blood, along with traces of marijuana.
The Bastardis have filed a civil suit against Schuler and other family members, alleging that their actions were negligent in preventing her from getting behind the wheel.
For an extended interview with Michael Bastardi, select channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.
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