We are still reeling from the July 26 accident in New York, where a woman with a minivan full of kids drove the wrong way down the Taconic State Parkway for almost two miles before crashing into another car, killing herself and seven others, including her daughter and three nieces. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Diane Schuler was drunk, at about twice the legal blood-alcohol limit, and high on marijuana at the time of the accident. This incited outrage for obvious reasons—the cover of the New York Post for the day read, “How Could She?” But what has us so grimly fascinated with this case is that, aside from being horrific, it makes no sense. Diane Schuler’s husband, Daniel, claims his wife was not an alcoholic and only smoked weed occasionally. She was an executive at Cablevision and the ultimate responsible chick. So what happened?Diane’s family thinks something medical must have gone wrong to send her hurdling down the highway in the wrong direction. They think an untreated lump found on her leg or an abscess discovered in her mouth could be to blame for what happened—that perhaps it was a stroke. Another theory is that she went into diabetic shock, which caused her to booze it up to try to regulate her blood-sugar level. Before the accident she called her brother and was acting funny. She was also seen driving slowly and looking confused prior to the crash.
The catch is those who performed the autopsy checked all that stuff out and they say the accident was not caused by diabetic shock, stroke, heart attack or an aneurysm. A vodka bottle was found in Diane’s car, but her husband is still not convinced. He said, “This is not a woman who would jeopardize five children,” and is thinking about exhuming her body for an independent autopsy. [NY Times]
What do you think happened?