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Drunk Driving Mom High On Marijuana Kills 8!

Posted by on Aug. 5, 2009 at 6:03 PM
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- The driver responsible for a head-on collision that killed eight people -- including herself and four children -- on the Taconic State Parkway north of New York City last week was drunk and impaired by marijuana, authorities said.

One of the vehicles in the three-vehicle wreck was heading the wrong direction, police said.

One of the vehicles in the three-vehicle wreck was heading the wrong direction, police said.

Diane Schuler, 36, had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.19 percent and high levels of marijuana in her system, Maj. William Carey of the New York State Police said at a news conference Tuesday.

Schuler also had "6 grams of alcohol in her stomach that had yet to be metabolized," Carey said.

Schuler's blood alcohol level indicated that she had consumed approximately 10 alcoholic beverages, said Betsy Spratt, chief toxicologist with the Westchester County district attorney's office.

"She would have had difficulty with perception, with her judgment [and] with her memory," Spratt said of Schuler. "Around that level of alcohol, you also start to get what's called tunnel vision, where your perception is changed and you can't see peripherally all the time."

Investigators recovered a broken bottle of vodka in Schuler's minivan, said Carey, who added police didn't know whether she was drinking while driving. Spratt said she can't determine what kind of alcohol Schuler drank.

The head-on crash happened July 26 when a minivan driven by Schuler and carrying five children was heading the wrong way on a northbound lane of the Taconic State Parkway about 30 miles north of New York City, police said. The minivan crashed into an SUV carrying three adults.

Schuler and four of the children in the minivan died, as did the three people in the SUV. One child in the minivan survived and was hospitalized.

One of the killed children was Schuler's daughter, and the other three were her nieces, CNN affiliate WABC reported. The child who survived is Schuler's son, according to WABC.

A third vehicle carrying two adults was also involved in the crash, state police said. They suffered minor injuries.

Witnesses told authorities they believed they saw the minivan straddling lanes and tailgating before the crash, according to WABC.

The district attorney's office and the police "will continue to investigate the facts and circumstances that led up to the collision causing the deaths, so that the public and the families of the victims can understand what led to this horrific crash," said Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore in a written statement.

Carey echoed that sentiment, saying a criminal investigation continues but that no criminal charges will be filed at this point.

by on Aug. 5, 2009 at 6:03 PM
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wickedfiress
by SmthngWkdThsWayComes on Aug. 5, 2009 at 6:05 PM

This is exactly why I think that legalizing weed will only make things worse. Its bad enough we have drunk drivers, but drunk & high drivers.. we don't need any more of those!


LeslieSS
by on Aug. 5, 2009 at 6:06 PM

I agree 100%

Poor kids :(

Quoting wickedfiress:

This is exactly why I think that legalizing weed will only make things worse. Its bad enough we have drunk drivers, but drunk & high drivers.. we don't need any more of those!



Leeloo309
by on Aug. 5, 2009 at 6:09 PM

 What an ass!! I hope she gets plenty of jail time. The pot has nothing to do with it, this woman was wasted! She should not have been driving PERIOD! Like how it was added though cute ;)

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addisonsmom3794
by Silver Member on Aug. 5, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Shes dead.

Quoting Leeloo309:

 What an ass!! I hope she gets plenty of jail time. The pot has nothing to do with it, this woman was wasted! She should not have been driving PERIOD! Like how it was added though cute ;)


mom03417
by on Aug. 5, 2009 at 6:12 PM


Quoting Leeloo309:

 What an ass!! I hope she gets plenty of jail time. The pot has nothing to do with it, this woman was wasted! She should not have been driving PERIOD! Like how it was added though cute ;)


SHE WAS KILLED!

mz_erica03
by on Aug. 5, 2009 at 6:12 PM

What the crap? ... Just, seriously. What the crap?


NikkiClink
by on Aug. 5, 2009 at 6:13 PM


Quoting Leeloo309:

 What an ass!! I hope she gets plenty of jail time. The pot has nothing to do with it, this woman was wasted! She should not have been driving PERIOD! Like how it was added though cute ;)

She's dead.........

Paesana82
by on Aug. 5, 2009 at 6:13 PM

The woman is dead.

I think the whole things is disgusting. I don't know how a person could first be drunk and high around your kids and your neices and not only that, then go drive with them in a car. She killed her 2yr old and 2 nieces along with some other people. It's just horrible.

Quoting Leeloo309:

 What an ass!! I hope she gets plenty of jail time. The pot has nothing to do with it, this woman was wasted! She should not have been driving PERIOD! Like how it was added though cute ;)


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gypsydancer7
by on Aug. 5, 2009 at 6:14 PM

She died. That poor family

Quoting Leeloo309:

What an ass!! I hope she gets plenty of jail time. The pot has nothing to do with it, this woman was wasted! She should not have been driving PERIOD! Like how it was added though cute ;)



aimige
by on Aug. 5, 2009 at 6:14 PM

but don't ya know it wasn't the marijuana.. that doesn't impair judgement.. It  must of been only the alcohol..eye rolling

Quoting wickedfiress:

This is exactly why I think that legalizing weed will only make things worse. Its bad enough we have drunk drivers, but drunk & high drivers.. we don't need any more of those!


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