Schuler family investigator agrees with findings

The remains of a minivan along the Taconic State Parkway near Mt. Pleasant, N.Y. on Sunday, July 26, 2009. The minivan driven by Diane Schuler, 36, came to rest after entering southbound in the northbound lanes, 1.7 miles north of this median. The van burst into flames as her vehicle collided with two northbound vehicles, killing eight. The crash killed Schuler, her daughter, Erin 2, and Schuler's nieces, Emma Hance, 9, Alison Hance, 7, and Kate Hance, 5. Killed in a second vehicle were Guy Bastardi, 49; his father, Michael Bastardi, 81; and a friend, Daniel Longo, 74, all of Yonkers, N.Y. The lone survivor of the crash was Schuler's 5-year-old son, Brian.

September 1, 2010 3:56:05 AM PDT
The former investigator for the family of a woman blamed for a deadly crash on the Taconic Parkway now agrees with authorities.

Police say Diane Schuler was drunk and high at the time of the wrong-way crash that killed eight people, including herself, her daughter, her three nieces and three men from Yonkers.

The Journal News reports that the investigator had disputed the toxicology report which found Schuler was driving under the influence.

Thomas Ruskin now says he accepts the findings.


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