WESTBURY, N.Y. (WPIX)—Funeral services were held Thursday on Long Island for a mother and four young children, who were among eight killed in a head-on collision on the Taconic State Parkway on Sunday.
Family and friends gathered at Our Lady of Victory Church in Floral Park, to bid a final farewell to Diana Schuler, her daughter Erin, 2, and Schuler's three nieces, Emma Hance, 9, Alison Hance, 7, and Kate Hance, 5.
The victims were later buried at the Cemetary of the Holy Rood in Westbury.
Schuler, who was headed home to West Babylon from a camping trip upstate Sunday, drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway and slammed into an SUV in Briarcliff Manor. The three people traveling in that vehicle - Guy Bastardi, 49, his father, Michael Bastardi, 81, and Daniel Longo, 74, all of Yonkers - also died, police said.
Authorities have recovered a cell phone belonging to Schuler, which was reportedly dumped near the Tappan Zee Bridge. It appears she tossed the phone at a road side pull-off minutes before driving the wrong way on the parkway, police said.
Two hours prior to the crash, Schuler reportedly called her brother, complaining she wasn't feeling well. He suggested she pull over and even alerted police, but she decided to continue driving.
Schuler's son Bryan, 5, remains in the hospital from serious injuries he sustained in the crash.