A woman whose three young daughters were killed in a 2009 wrong-way drunken-driving crash on a New York State highway says she still blames herself for the tragedy.

Jackie Hance tells NBC's Ann Curry in a video segment released last week that as a mother it's difficult not to blame herself for their deaths. She says she feels she was supposed to protect them and the deaths of her children left her on the brink of suicide.

Hance's daughters--ages 5, 7 and 8--were riding in a van driven by their aunt when it slammed into another vehicle after traveling the wrong way for nearly two miles. The aunt, Diane Schuler, her daughter and three men in the other vehicle also were killed.

Investigators determined Schuler was intoxicated and had been smoking marijuana.

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