Father, Son Killed in Wrong-Way Crash Mourned

Sunday, Aug 2, 2009  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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Father, Son Killed in Wrong-Way Crash Mourned

Authorities are investigating the possibility that the minivan driver was sick when she pulled onto the highway and started driving the wrong way, causing an accident that left eight people dead, including herself.

A father and son killed in a wrong-way crash on a suburban New York parkway have benn mourned at the Yonkers church they attended together every week.

     Family and friends gathered Saturday at St. John the Baptist Church to pay their respects to Michael and Guy Bastardi. The Rev. Thomas J. Valenti told mourners the Bastardis' "spirit is in our midst.''
    
Michael Bastardi, an 81-year-old Korean War veteran, his 49-year-old son and 74-year-old friend Daniel Longo died when their SUV was hit by a minivan heading the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway. The minivan's driver, Diane Schuler, her daughter and three nieces also were killed.
    
Schuler had told her brother she felt disoriented and was having trouble seeing. An autopsy has indicated she had no underlying medical condition that would have caused the crash, but toxicology reports are pending.

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