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    NY Police: Wrong-Way Crash Driver Was Drunk, High


    A mother drank vodka and smoked marijuana while taking a vanload of children home from a weekend camping trip that ended in disaster when she went the wrong way on a highway and crashed into an SUV, killing eight people, police said Tuesday.

    Diane Schuler, who died along with her 2-year-old daughter and three nieces in her red minivan, had more than 10 drinks of alcohol in her system and a high level of the main ingredient in marijuana, authorities said. A broken 1.75-liter bottle of Absolut vodka was found in her wrecked minivan, police said.

    The revelations from the 36-year-old Long Island woman's autopsy helped explain how the woman her family called "an accomplished working mother who always put her children before any other priorities" wound up driving the wrong way for nearly two miles on a suburban parkway before slamming into the SUV.

    The July 26 crash on the Taconic State Parkway, about 35 miles northwest of New York City, also killed three men in the SUV. Schuler's 5-year-old son, in her minivan, survived.

    Investigators said Schuler had been driving erratically on other upstate roads before getting on the highway for the 140-mile trip home.

    Schuler's blood-alcohol level was well above the legal limit, and she still had undigested alcohol in her stomach, State Police Maj. William Carey said Tuesday.

    Blood tests also showed she had smoked marijuana 15 minutes to an hour before the crash, said Betsy Spratt, chief toxicologist for the Westchester County medical examiner.

    "With that level of alcohol ... she would have had difficulty with perception, with her judgment, with her memory," Spratt said. "You start to get what we call tunnel vision."

    Police said no criminal charges were planned in the case.

    Roseann Guzzo, whose father and brother were killed in the SUV, said Tuesday her family wanted to meet with prosecutors to discuss the case.

    "We're outraged by it," she said. "It's a choice she made. And that choice she made to us is like she committed murder."
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    NY Police: Wrong-Way Crash Driver Was Drunk, High

    That's one thing I never, ever do is drink and drive. This is tragic.

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    NY Police: Wrong-Way Crash Driver Was Drunk, High

    there but for the grace of god goes I. terribly tragic.

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    NY Police: Wrong-Way Crash Driver Was Drunk, High

    Makes me sick that the children had no choice. Sad. A good reminder to us all.

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    NY Police: Wrong-Way Crash Driver Was Drunk, High

    wow, i saw this on the news before i left manhattan for a bit, before they had the test results.
    the report was something to the tune of 'what the hell was HER problem?"
    my thought was 'whoops, drunk.'
    that is a busy parkway.
    amazing. very sad.

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    NY Police: Wrong-Way Crash Driver Was Drunk, High

    thank you for sharing that iad

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    NY Police: Wrong-Way Crash Driver Was Drunk, High

    More2life........it's sad is'nt it. The General Public really does'nt know what this problem is all the about ! IAD

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    NY Police: Wrong-Way Crash Driver Was Drunk, High

    Yes, very, very tragic and sad....
    By the interviews from husband, family and friends it appears that she was skilled at hiding her problem. Unfortunately, that is the nature of the disease, Now those left behind must pick up the pieces of their lives....my heart goes out to them all. I wish she could have found MWO before this terrible event occurred. It is surely a wake up call for everyone who ever gave a thought to drinking and driving. I have done it before and feel ashamed right now even in my completely sober state. I am also feeling incredibly grateful that I have stopped the maddness. Krigs

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    "Yes Kriger..........We must all stop the Maddness !"

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    NY Police: Wrong-Way Crash Driver Was Drunk, High

    Thanks for that IAD.
    I haven't watched the news for a couple of days here in Australia so don't know if it got on the air or not.

    What really confounds me is how anyone could be driving children (or anyone else) around knowing (and she would have) they were off their head on booze and dope.
    We manage to disguise it so well from others at times, but she MUST have known she was pissed as a rat.
    What a terrible thing for the innocent victims and their families.

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