New lawsuit over tragedy on the Taconic
Another lawsuit has been filed in the Taconic State Parkway tragedy that left eight people dead, including four children.
Investigators say Diane Schuler was drunk and high when she drove the wrong way on the Taconic and crashed head on into an SUV. Schuler, her daughter, three nieces and the three passengers in the SUV were killed.
Now, Schuler's sister-in-law, who lost her daughters in the crash, is suing the dead woman's estate. Jackie Hance has filed a suit against Schuler's estate in the state Supreme Court in Suffolk.
The suit says the Hances' three girls, ages 8, 7 and 5, suffered extreme horror, mental anguish and fear of impending death. This stems from the record of the oldest daughter making desperate phone call to her father telling him that "there's something wrong with Aunt Diane." Hance's suit does not specify the amount the family is seeking in damages.
The legal action comes just days after Schuler's husband Daniel filed his own suit against Warren Hance, Diane's brother, because he owned the van his wife was driving. Daniel Schuler is also suing the state because he says the roadway is not well-designed and that allowed his wife to get on the Taconic going the wrong way.
The opposing lawsuits were filed just before the second anniversary of the crash
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