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Wrong Way Driver Crashes Minivan Killing 4 Kids and 4 Adults While Drunk Driving

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A 36-year-old mom from Floral park, NY was responsible for a horrific accident in her child-filled minivan while driving the wrong way down the highway drunk. Diane Schuler climbed into her minivan without a thought, apparently, filled with her children and their friends while she was intoxicated on alcohol and drugs.

Driving the wrong way, she caused a highway crash that killed herself and seven others, didn’t appear intoxicated to people who saw her before she began her trip and didn’t give warning signs to close family. Among the fatalities, three young girls died along with Schuler, her 2-year-old daughter and three men in an SUV hit by Schuler’s minivan in the fiery July 26 wreck on the Taconic State Parkway, about 35 miles north of New York City. It appears that Schuler’s 5-year-old son survived the horrific crash.

Schuler had a blood alcohol level over twice the state’s legal limit and had downed more than 10 drinks and smoked marijuana shortly before the crash, according to toxicology reports released Tuesday. State police said investigators didn’t know of the drug or alcohol use at first, until they found pieces of a 1.75-liter bottle of vodka underneath debris from the burned-up vehicle days later.

No criminal charges are planned, police said, although families of three Yonkers men, including a father and son who were driving in the SUV to a family dinner, consulted with Westchester County prosecutors Wednesday.

Evidently, everyone was shocked to find out that Schuler had been drinking, as she was not known to drink or have a problem with alcohol. It appears that her abusive behavior with illegal drugs and alcohol was not something that very many people knew about.

Research shows that alcoholics can vary from the weekend warriors, who only drink on Friday and Saturday nights, to the binge drinkers, who may not drink for months at a time and then will go on three or four day tares. Then, possibly in this case, there is the alcoholic whose disease comes as a shock to relatives.

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