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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Taconic Parkway Crash Husband Sues NY

It's been over two years since Diane Schuler drove the wrong way on to the Taconic Parkway killing her and five children and another three gentlemen in an oncoming vehicle. Despite the fact that authorities found a broken bottle of vodka on the scene, as well as vodka and marijuana in Diane's blood, her husband maintains that Diane was a perfect mother and did not have a substance abuse problem. Since the accident, there have been independent investigations that support the initial findings, yet Daniel Schuler continues to fight for his wife's innocence. Now, Daniel Schuler is suing the state of New York and the father of three nieces who were killed, claiming that there was inadequate signage and the vehicle that Diane was driving, a trailblazer owned by the father of the three nieces, was faulty.

"It's a terrible tragedy," Tom Ruskin, who was hired by the Schulers to investigate the accident, told the Post. "His wife was drunk and high at the time of the accident that killed seven innocent people. You don't keep suing people...If she was alive today, Diane would likely be in jail."

Last month, HBO did a special on the story called "There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane", which points out Schuler's obsessive perfectionism and how it may have been a factor in the crash. Diane's family and friends explained to filmmaker Liz Garbus, Diane Schuler strived to be the best in every way. By all accounts, Diane Schuler was a "super mom", a control freak tormented by a tumultuous past; apparently Diane's mother abandoned her when she was 9.

It is sad that Daniel Schuler will not let this case rest; it must be extremely hard on the other families who lost so much on that fateful day. The fact is, science doesn't lie, toxicology reports at the time showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, equivalent to 10 drinks, as well as high levels of THC from marijuana. Without a doubt Schuler needed help, she was clearly suffering; no stable person would make the choices she made that day.

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