Mother Of Girls Killed In Wrong Way Taconic Crash Speaks Out

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Alyson, Emma, Katie Hance.
Alyson, Emma, Katie Hance. Photo Credit: Hance Family Foundation
From left, Michael Bastardi Sr., Michael Bastardi Jr. and Guy Bastardi.
From left, Michael Bastardi Sr., Michael Bastardi Jr. and Guy Bastardi. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Michael Bastardi Jr.
Michael Bastardi Sr. was one of the eight people killed in the wrong-way crash on the Taconic.
Michael Bastardi Sr. was one of the eight people killed in the wrong-way crash on the Taconic. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Michael Bastardi Jr.
Guy Bastardi is seen here in June of 2009.
Guy Bastardi is seen here in June of 2009. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Michael Bastardi Jr.

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - The mother of the three girls killed nearly four years ago when Diane Schuler drove the wrong way down the Taconic State Parkway is speaking out publicly for the first time.

Jackie Hance, whose daughters Emma, 8; Alyson, 7; and Katie, 5, were killed in the July 2009 accident that also claimed the lives of Yonkers father and son Michael and Guy Bastardi and their friend Daniel Longo as well as Schuler and her own daughter, was interviewed by NBC's Ann Curry.

The interview with Hance and her husband, Warren, will air Friday on TODAY as well as on "Rock Center" With Brian Williams at 10 p.m.

“I’m their mom, and supposed to protect them, and I didn’t,’’ NBC said Hance told Curry. “It’s just hard not to blame yourself.’’

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My heart goes out to the Hance family& all affected families. That whole accident was an absolute tragedy. I find Ms. Schuler sinister as she went around northern Westchester looking for donations of clothes,money& household items. I rather donate my time raising more awareness of the dangers of DWI.

There are no words. This is so incredibly sad. My heart goes out to her (and a virtual hug).