NY Mom in Wrong-Way Crash Rarely Drank: Husband

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 6, 2009 3:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – The woman who drove drunk and caused a New York highway crash that killed eight people rarely drank, said her husband, who suggested diabetes and other health problems were to blame. "She was not a drinker. She was not an alcoholic," Daniel Schuler said at a tearful news conference today. "Something medically had to have happened." Police say Schuler downed more than 10 vodka drinks and smoked marijuana before her minivan crashed into an SUV.

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Schuler's attorney, Dominic Barbara, said the 36-year-old Cablevision executive had diabetes, a suspicious bump on her leg, and a mouth abscess that hadn't been treated for weeks before the July 26 wreck. "I think she had a stroke of some sort," said Barbara. "From the stroke came all the other issues." Schuler said that the couple went through a normal routine on the Sunday before he last saw her at a campsite in upstate New York. "She was fine," he said. "We had a cup of coffee in the morning, we packed the cars up like we always do and we headed out." (Read more Diane Schuler stories.)

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