Suit: Wrong-way victims suffered terror, pain

(AP) - Relatives of two victims of the wrong-way crash that killed eight people on a New York highway are claiming their loved ones suffered terror and pain before they died.

A lawsuit to be filed Thursday targets the estate of Diane Schuler, who was driving the minivan that slammed into an SUV carrying Michael and Guy Bastardi on July 26.

Schuler, her daughter, three nieces and another man in the Bastardis' vehicle also were killed.

The lawsuit echoes the findings of a criminal investigation that concluded Schuler was drunk, high on marijuana, and driving the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway.

A copy of the lawsuit was obtained by The Associated Press.

It claims the Bastardis suffered "pre-impact terror" and mental anguish, as well as pain from serious injuries.

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