NY Wrong-Way Driver to Be Exhumed

Family hopes testing will prove Diane Schuler wasn't drunk
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 2, 2009 11:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – The body of Diane Schuler will exhumed in a bid by her family to disprove findings that the 36-year-old was drunk when she drove her minivan the wrong way on a New York freeway last month, causing a crash that killed eight people, said the family's lawyer on Larry King last night. Testing will focus on the theory that an abscess in Schuler’s mouth could have caused a stroke.

Attorney Dominic Barbara said the just-released autopsy report found no evidence of chronic alcoholism in Schuler's liver, pancreas, stomach or esophagus, and added it was possible that when her body was charred in the crash the sugar in her blood turned to alcohol. During the show, statements were read from representatives of the family of one of the men killed in the SUV; one said Daniel Schuler's refusal to accept that his wife was drunk is "appalling, offensive and hurtful."