Skip to comments.Report: New York Mother Driving During Deadly Wrong-Way Crash Drunk, High
Posted on 08/04/2009 10:45:39 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
The Long Island mom behind the wheel in a fiery wrong-way crash that killed her and seven others along a New York state highway was reportedly drunk and had high levels of marijuana in her system, authorities said Tuesday.
The findings were part of a toxicology report that was conducted on 36-year-old Diane Schuler in the wake of the deadly July 26 crash along the Taconic State Parkway in Briarcliff Manor, The Journal News of Westchester reported on its Web site.
The findings were shared with relatives of the crash victims, which included Schuler's 2-year-old daughter and three nieces.
Schuler was coming home to West Babylon from an upstate camping trip when she drove her Ford Windstar minivan against traffic for 1.7 miles along the northbound lane of the Taconic.
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Hey Marijane is harmless.
a tragedy just got more tragic.
So let’s legalize weed - as if the cops didn’t have enough to do...
You do realize that she was also drunk on alcohol.
I'd be curious to know if there were any other adults in the group with them, and if so, how they got home.
Geez, OK, let’s make alcohol illegal too...
Coming soon to a California near you...
Yes, but thank you for pointing that out to make sure I saw it! So adding a legal weed to the mix is a positive? The alcohol genie is out of the bottle but hopefully legalization of ANOTHER drug won’t happen soon...
Maybe she didn't stop?
For your argument to be consistent, you should be pushing for alcohol to be returned to illegal status.
That’s the brother’s daughters that were killed. She killed her two year old and her brother’s three girls. The picture posted is her brother and sister in law and dead girls.
Thanks - I taught third grade and this makes me want to vomit....
There was always something weird about this. I’m still not sure she was not suicidal ... I think she picked that truck to make sure the job was done.
The fact that she called her husband just before the drash and then he called the police immediately. THEN she throws her cellphone out the window.
And this was a route she “knew like the back of her hand”.
Actually, that is a picture of the driver’s brother, sister-in-law, and three nieces. All of those little girls died in this crash, along with the driver’s own daughter, and the three men in the other vehicle.
Her son survives, thank God.
I think she was working up courage to kill herself. I think they should look at the state of her marriage, finances and anything else that could have driven her over the edge.
Sorry Lord - doesn’t deal with reality - but hey! who knew Free Republic had so many LOADIES logged on! Or Californians who want to tax the stuff to bail out their pathetic state finances...
Wow, that was so insightful.
Is it the Old Milwalkee you drink that leads you to such indepth insights, or is it the Ripple?
I am sure it was the booze and not the potent weed she was smoking that made her disoriented. At 1:30 in the afternoon how drunk you think she was? What was the BAC reported to be?
Look for more of this if California is stupid enough to legalize pot.
This does not add up to the actions of an adult who was "just" drunk and stoned. I used to live less than a mile from where this happened, and it's damned difficult to get on one of those parallel major thoroughfares the wrong way by mistake.
Oh my, how horrible for that family! It was bad enough before, but, to find that it was for such a senseless and avoidable reason only adds to their pain.
Prayers continue for that family.
Actually there are allowable amounts of alcohol a person can drink before they are considered intoxicated. One can estimate how many drinks they can have before they are legally drunk. You do not have the same option with pot.
That’s only HER family. She crashed into another vehicle with a father and son and son’s friend, who were all also killed. Very little written about them.
Maybe she was still impaired from partaking previously, even the night before?
Drug laws will work as well as gun ban laws have worked in Washington DC.
This is very strange. It’s almost like she didn’t know she’d been drinking or taking pot. Calling her brother? It’s just strange.
The three men from Yonkers.
Shhhhhhhhhh dfw, now you’re just gonna confuse the Drug Warriors with that crazy logic talk.
I was not following this closely and had not heard those facts. If true, wow.
“Hey Marijane is harmless.”
Not true, but also irrelevant.
And she drove almost 2 miles the wrong way with cars passing her and honking.
I’m not buying it, she killed herself and others.
If I knew my sister or sister-in-law partook of booze and/or drugs, I’d be damned before I’d let her drive my kids around the corner or even out of the driveway.
The article says she was in the wrong way land for 1.7 miles before crashing into the other vehicle. It would be interesting to see what establishments are near the exit where she got back onto the Taconic going in the wrong direction, and what she may have done with her time there, i.e., drink/smoke or if anyone noticed a woman acting irrationally while in charge of 5 kids.
There is no good way to look at this, it was a totally avoidable horror.
Marijuana has been illegal since 1937.
It is no closer to being done away with now than it was in 1937.
“a tragedy just got more tragic.”
So if the tests revealed no intoxication, it would be less tragic because...??
There are a million questions here.
Who was at the campsite with her? Why did she have her brother’s children in her car while the brother was back home on Long Island. Where is her husband?
Who let this woman get behind the wheel of an automobile.
At this point, all assumptions in that regard seem equally valid.
I imagine toxicology could determine how long she had THC in her blood...but that's just another assumption.
Thanks but I really prefer Meyer’s Dark Rum - in the name of diversity and trying not to be too predictable - I assume you like that Panama Gold...but which papers do you use?
Twice the legal limit of alcohol.
The driver’s son survived the accident. He’s in the hospital with severe head trauma.
Weed is illegal. Smoking weed and then driving is illegal.
Alcohol is legal. Drinking and driving is illegal.
She had been both drinking and smoking before driving and killing herself and the others.
So I don’t see how the facts at all support the conclusion that the legal status of mj and alcohol have anything to do with the outcome here.
There’s no way she got on the parkway in the wrong direction by accident. The state police would not search for a vehicle unless there was a compelling reason to do so. She probably told her brother she was going to kill herself.
The tests for THC aren’t measured that way.
They test for trace in the blood.
However, trace from THC can remain in the system for around 30 days. Longer if they test hair.
I don't think the conclusion implied by that question can be drawn from my remark.