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Mom Who Lost 3 Daughters In Taconic Crash Suing Diane Schuler's Estate: My Little Girls Died In Terror!

Wed, July 27, 2011 10:46am EDT by 15 Comments

Jackie Hance has filed a lawsuit against the estate of her sister-in-law, saying her three daughters knew they were going to die when a drunk Diane drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway on July 26 2009.

What a shame. First Diane Schuler‘s husband Daniel Schuler sues his brother-in-law Warren Hance and New York State, and now we learn that Warren’s wife Jackie Hance filed a lawsuit against the Schuler estate last week, for the “extreme horror” her three daughters, Emma, 8, Alyson, 7, and Kate, 5, suffered before the crash that killed them.

All this coincides with the two-year anniversary of that devastating day and the July 25 release of the HBO Documentary, There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane, based on the crash.

The New York Post reports that according to Jackie Hance‘s suit, her daughters, “suffered . . . terror, fear of impending death, extreme horror, fright, [and] mental anguish.” During those final moments, Emma Hance made a desperate phone call to her father, telling him: “There’s something wrong with Aunt Diane,” heartbreaking words that became the title of a film the Hances never wanted made.

The family’s lawyer, Kenneth Pryor, wouldn’t say how much money Jackie and Warren, who are expecting their fourth child, were seeking, but noted to the Post that the suit was filed in state Supreme Court in Suffolk because lower courts limit awards to $25,000.

A terrible tragedy that seems to be never-ending. We hope this family can come to terms with their grief and realize that all this back and forth won’t get them anywhere in the end — or bring back their loved ones.

–Leigh Blickley