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Jackie Hance thought sister-in-law was 'good mom' before Taconic crash

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Jackie Hance, the mom who lost her three daughters in a fatal car accident when her sister-in-law drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway, said she always thought of sister-in-law Diane Schuler as a "good mom," before the accident.

"Because up until that day, I only knew what I knew and she was a good person and a good mom and, you know, a good friend. So, I don't know what happened that day," said Hance in an exclusive interview with NBC News' Ann Curry.

Both Jackie Hance and her husband, Warren, are breaking their silence about the tragic loss of their daughters- 8-year-old Emma, 7-year-old Alyson and 5-year-old Katie.

Hance on Daughters: 'My greatest desire is for people to know them'

In July 2009, Warren Hance’s sister, Diane Schuler, drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway killing eight people including the Hance girls, Schuler, Schuler’s daughter and three others in another vehicle.

Chronicled in Jackie Hance's new book, I’ll See You Again, Hance talks candidly for the first time about the accident, and how the trauma threatened her marriage. She also reveals that she considered suicide, but the love for her husband, forming the Hance Family Foundation in honor of their three remarkable daughters, and the birth of a new baby helped her and her husband move past their pain.

Editor's Note: Click here to watch Ann Curry's interview with Jackie and Warren Hance that aired Friday, April 26 at 10pm/9CDT on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams.