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Drunk and High mother drives wrong way on highway - Kills 7

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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.

State police investigators said Schuler collided head-on with a Chevrolet Trail Blazer driven by Guy Bastardi.

Bastardi, his father Michael, and family friend Daniel Longo were all killed in the tragic crash.

Also killed were Schuler, her daughter Erin, and her three nieces, Emma Hance, 8; Alyson Hance, 7; and Kate Hance, 5.

Her 5-year-old son Bryan was the only survivor. He is currently recovering at the Westchester Medical Center in stable condition.

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Investigators said Schuler crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge at about 1 p.m. and pulled over on the Tarrytown end of the crossing.

At 1:02 p.m., she called her brother, Warren Hance, and had a brief phone conversation with him, telling him that she was feeling "disoriented and had trouble seeing," according to investigators.

Apparently she had ten shots - and was high on Marijuana. Also I heard tale (on NG) of having an absess on her leg that was "moving".

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Learning My Way Around
Learning My Way Around
This story just infuriates me! The more I read about it, the more I think how selfesh she was. Her family has stated how surprised they were at the fact that she was drunk and high, because she doesn't drink often and only smokes occasionally. My heart hurts for the other families who lost loved ones in this horrible accident, and for the 5 year old little boy who survived-because I can only imagine the things he saw or heard leading up to this crash.


I agree it's a horrible case. I can't imagine what she was thinking driving people around in that condition. Apparently she even called her BIL to say she can't SEE just before the crash? Awful!


Horrible story....Why didn't she just pull over? Too bad the brother didn't tell her to stay put when she called him. Maybe he could have prevented this tragedy. Sad

"I may be going to hell in a bucket, babe But at least I'm enjoying the ride"~Grateful Dead


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Getting the Hang of This Place for Sure
Such a terrible loss of life and so preventable.

This woman took her life and lives with her due to drugs and alcohol. It was selfish, irresponsible behavior for not telling someone that she didn't feel capable of driving under her condition. Calling her brother when she did was much too late. That call I'm sure will forever haunt him. I cannot fathom the tremendous loss family and friends are feeling as well as the mixed emotions brought on by this woman's deadly behavior. The Hance family lost 3 girls...three! I just can't comprehend that loss.

I can only hope and pray her son who survived will heal, but I doubt he can do so completely....he is forever changed in some ways that will never heal.

Diane Schuler, whether you were a praying woman or not, I hope you know what you are going to say as you meet your maker....that I can honestly say, there are no words that could make up for this loss. How you find peace is between you and God.

Guy and Michael Bastardi, rest in peace.

To the innocent children....


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I didn’t really understand this case. Initial reports stated she was drunk; then the state troopers stated that no alcohol or drugs were found in her system. A couple of days later, no drugs or alcohol turned into a lot of alcohol and drugs. The Taconic is not the easiest place to drive. I have hit 85 on it just following traffic (speed limit is 55). There is no place to pull over. My understanding from local papers is that she called her brother before getting onto the highway to tell him that she is dizzy and not feeling well. He told her to stay put and that he would come and get her and the kids. She decided she didn’t want to wait; got on the Taconic and ultimately caused deaths of innocent people. She should have been the only one to die. I have no sympathy for drunk drivers. I can't imagine what all the families are going through.

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