What would you do if all of your children were killed in a wrong-way car accident, caused by a driver who was both drunk and high on marijuana? What would you do if that driver were your sister-in-law?
Jackie Hance lived through this nightmare two years ago, when her sister-in-law Diane Schuler was driving Jackie's 3 daughters (Emma, 8; Alyson, 7; and Katie, 5) back from a camping trip in upstate New York. Diane drove south in the northbound lanes for almost 2 miles of a parkway before hitting another car head on - killing herself and 7 others in all. Toxicology reports showed that Diane Schuler had been smoking marijuana and had a blood alcohol level equivalent to 10 shots of vodka.
Several lawsuits have been filed in the past few days. Diane's husband, Daniel Schuler, sued Jackie's husband, claiming that the car Diane was driving (which was borrowed from the Hance's) was faulty. Jackie is suing Daniel for her daughters' deaths, alleging that her daughters knew they were going to die and "suffered . . . terror, fear of impending death, extreme horror, fright, [and] mental anguish." Hance's 9 year old daughter even called her father just before the crash to say, "Something's wrong with Aunt Diane."
Could you forgive a family member who was responsible for the deaths of your children?
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