Grief and rage spilled from Roseann Guzzo Tuesday afternoon as she reacted to the news that the wrong-way driver who killed her father and brother in a horrific crash on the Taconic State Parkway was drunk and had marijuana in her system.
"We're outraged," Guzzo said. "How do you put five children in a car when you're a mother and you're drunk? It's incomprehensible."
Guzzo, of Yorktown, and her brother, Michael Bastardi, stood outside the house on Lori Lane in Yonkers where their father, Michael Bastardi, 81, a Korean War veteran, and their brother, Guy, 49, had lived. They were killed after Diane Schuler of West Babylon plowed into their SUV while driving south in a northbound lane of the Taconic.
"We were victims the first time" when they heard about the crash, Guzzo said. "Now we're victims again. It's horrendous."
Guzzo and her brother have retained a law firm and planned to meet with the Westchester district attorney Wednesday morning.
Michael Bastardi's voice cracked slightly as he spoke, his eyes covered by sunglasses.
"We just want to thank everybody who's been behind us," Bastardi said. "It's been very devastating news."
A neighbor across the cul-de-sac, Anthony Patrello, spoke fondly of the Bastardis.
"Guy would always come over to help me when I had something to lift because my back bothered me," Patrello said. "A mother should not drink and have drugs in her system and get in the car with children."
And on Sedgwick Avenue, also in Yonkers, a neighbor remembered Daniel Longo, 74, who was in the car with the Bastardis and also died. Longo's funeral was Monday.
"He would fix things for me," Sylvia Silverberg said. "I couldn't talk when I heard. I was shocked."
Silverberg, who lives down the hall from Longo's apartment, said his cuckoo clock still sounds and reminds her of him throughout the day.