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Report: New York Mother Driving During Deadly Wrong-Way Crash Drunk, High
Foxnews ^ | 8/4/2009 | Staff

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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1 posted on 08/04/2009 10:45:40 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

Hey Marijane is harmless.


2 posted on 08/04/2009 10:48:42 AM PDT by Marty62
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To: Red in Blue PA

a tragedy just got more tragic.


3 posted on 08/04/2009 10:49:25 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The revolution IS being televised.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

So let’s legalize weed - as if the cops didn’t have enough to do...


4 posted on 08/04/2009 10:49:53 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: matginzac

You do realize that she was also drunk on alcohol.


5 posted on 08/04/2009 10:51:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red in Blue PA
This woman and these kids were apparently returning from a camping trip in upstate New York when this accident occurred.

I'd be curious to know if there were any other adults in the group with them, and if so, how they got home.

6 posted on 08/04/2009 10:52:51 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (God is great, beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
OMG
I have been following this all week. She left the camp ground in the morning and drank and smoked. Where did she stop to drink and smoke. She had five kids in the car and left at 9:30 in the morning and supposedly stopped at Mcdonalds for brunch?
7 posted on 08/04/2009 10:52:57 AM PDT by angcat (GOOD LORD PLEASE HELP THE USA!)
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To: Marty62

Geez, OK, let’s make alcohol illegal too...


8 posted on 08/04/2009 10:55:08 AM PDT by Lord_Baltar
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To: Red in Blue PA

Coming soon to a California near you...


9 posted on 08/04/2009 10:57:46 AM PDT by justkate
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To: dfwgator

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...


10 posted on 08/04/2009 10:58:39 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: angcat
Where did she stop to drink and smoke

Maybe she didn't stop?

11 posted on 08/04/2009 11:00:01 AM PDT by justkate
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To: matginzac

http://www.lohud.com/article/2009908040357


12 posted on 08/04/2009 11:00:56 AM PDT by angcat (GOOD LORD PLEASE HELP THE USA!)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Mom and her daughters killed in the crash.


13 posted on 08/04/2009 11:00:58 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (ABC-AP-MSNBC-All Obama, All the time.)
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To: matginzac

For your argument to be consistent, you should be pushing for alcohol to be returned to illegal status.


14 posted on 08/04/2009 11:01:42 AM PDT by Lord_Baltar
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To: VeniVidiVici

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.


15 posted on 08/04/2009 11:02:59 AM PDT by angcat (GOOD LORD PLEASE HELP THE USA!)
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To: angcat

Thanks - I taught third grade and this makes me want to vomit....


16 posted on 08/04/2009 11:02:59 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Marty62
Guess the alcohol had nothing to do with it then.....
17 posted on 08/04/2009 11:02:59 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Red in Blue PA

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”.


18 posted on 08/04/2009 11:03:31 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: VeniVidiVici

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.

Sad regards,


19 posted on 08/04/2009 11:04:09 AM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Grab your gun and bring in the cat.)
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To: angcat

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.


20 posted on 08/04/2009 11:05:12 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Lord_Baltar

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...


21 posted on 08/04/2009 11:05:29 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: matginzac

Wow, that was so insightful.

Is it the Old Milwalkee you drink that leads you to such indepth insights, or is it the Ripple?


22 posted on 08/04/2009 11:07:33 AM PDT by Lord_Baltar
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To: dfwgator

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.


23 posted on 08/04/2009 11:08:23 AM PDT by milwguy (........)
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To: BunnySlippers
Bingo.

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.

24 posted on 08/04/2009 11:09:31 AM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: BunnySlippers
She was a sick bitch. Excuse my French! She should rot in hell. I wonder what she did from 9:30am when she left Sullivan County until the crash on Taconic at 1:30PM. She pulled over by the Tarrytown Exit and got out of the car and left the phone there. She called her brother and he told her to stay put and he would get her. She deliberately murdered all those people.
25 posted on 08/04/2009 11:09:34 AM PDT by angcat (GOOD LORD PLEASE HELP THE USA!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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.


26 posted on 08/04/2009 11:10:10 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: Lord_Baltar

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.


27 posted on 08/04/2009 11:10:11 AM PDT by milwguy (........)
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To: angcat

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.


28 posted on 08/04/2009 11:10:53 AM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: justkate

Maybe she was still impaired from partaking previously, even the night before?


29 posted on 08/04/2009 11:10:53 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Good riddance, UAW.)
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To: milwguy

Drug laws will work as well as gun ban laws have worked in Washington DC.


30 posted on 08/04/2009 11:10:53 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: VeniVidiVici

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.


31 posted on 08/04/2009 11:12:16 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Good riddance, UAW.)
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To: EDINVA

The three men from Yonkers.


32 posted on 08/04/2009 11:12:44 AM PDT by angcat (GOOD LORD PLEASE HELP THE USA!)
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To: dfwgator

Shhhhhhhhhh dfw, now you’re just gonna confuse the Drug Warriors with that crazy logic talk.


33 posted on 08/04/2009 11:13:03 AM PDT by Lord_Baltar
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To: Lord_Baltar

Wrong logic.


34 posted on 08/04/2009 11:13:18 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Good riddance, UAW.)
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To: angcat

I was not following this closely and had not heard those facts. If true, wow.


35 posted on 08/04/2009 11:14:58 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Good riddance, UAW.)
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To: Marty62

“Hey Marijane is harmless.”

Not true, but also irrelevant.


36 posted on 08/04/2009 11:15:28 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Senator Pardek

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.


37 posted on 08/04/2009 11:15:36 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Marty62

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.


38 posted on 08/04/2009 11:15:39 AM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: fightinJAG

How so?

Marijuana has been illegal since 1937.

It is no closer to being done away with now than it was in 1937.


39 posted on 08/04/2009 11:16:05 AM PDT by Lord_Baltar
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To: dfwgator
You do realize that she was also drunk on alcohol.

Many of the drug warriors consume alcohol themselves, so it had to be the pot that caused the accident.
40 posted on 08/04/2009 11:17:10 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: the invisib1e hand

“a tragedy just got more tragic.”

So if the tests revealed no intoxication, it would be less tragic because...??


41 posted on 08/04/2009 11:17:16 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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.


42 posted on 08/04/2009 11:18:27 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: fightinJAG
Maybe she was still impaired from partaking previously, even the night before?

Could be...

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.

43 posted on 08/04/2009 11:18:30 AM PDT by justkate
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To: Lord_Baltar

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?


44 posted on 08/04/2009 11:18:49 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: dfwgator

Twice the legal limit of alcohol.


45 posted on 08/04/2009 11:19:10 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: angcat

The driver’s son survived the accident. He’s in the hospital with severe head trauma.


46 posted on 08/04/2009 11:20:27 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: matginzac

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.


47 posted on 08/04/2009 11:22:22 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: angcat

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.


48 posted on 08/04/2009 11:23:21 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (1-20-09--The Beginning of an Error..............1-20-13--Change we can look forward to)
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To: justkate

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.


49 posted on 08/04/2009 11:23:21 AM PDT by Lord_Baltar
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To: swain_forkbeard
So if the tests revealed no intoxication, it would be less tragic because...??

I don't think the conclusion implied by that question can be drawn from my remark.

50 posted on 08/04/2009 11:24:01 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The revolution IS being televised.)
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