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Wrong-way crash driver’s husband to appear on Larry King tonight

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I don’t watch a lot of Larry King. To be honest, I can’t remember ever sitting through a full interview of his.

He has interesting guests, but I find King himself pretty tough to take.

That said, I plan to check out his show tonight at 9 p.m. on CNN.

LoHud.com is reporting that King will have Daniel Schuler, husband of wrong-way crash mom Diane Schuler, on as a guest.

Diane Schuler was the woman who drove north in the southbound lane of the Taconic Parkway July 26, striking an oncoming SUV in a collision that killed her, her 2-year-old daugther and three young nieces, as well as three Yonkers men on their way to a family dinner.

In a bizarre press conference soon after with attorney Dominic Barbara, of Howard Stern Show fame, Daniel Schuler and family members said medical ailments such as diabetes, an untreated abscess in her mouth, a “bump” on her leg that could have been an embolism or a stroke might have been to blame for the crash.

Diane Schuler was later found to have a blood-alcohol level the equivalent to 10 drinks and high levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in her blood. State police said she smoked marijuana as recently as 15 minutes before the crash.

I cannot imagine what Daniel Schuler will have to say tonight. He lost so much himself in that crash—his wife, a daughter, three nieces—and his son Brian, 5, was badly injured.

I hope this won’t be a repeat of that press conference, but I’ll tune in because, as cut and dried as the toxicology results were, this is a case replete with questions and wanting for answers.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 3:17 pm by Brian Howard. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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4 Responses to “Wrong-way crash driver’s husband to appear on Larry King tonight”

  1. David

    It’s obvious this guy is in denial and will be a repeat of his early Aug press conference. However I don’t blame him as much as his lawyer for taking advantage of his loss for his fame.

  2. John B

    The Taconic parkway is a very dangerous highway with side roads that intersect and cross as if it was a two lane state road. It is incredibly easy to get on the taconic driving the wrong way and there are often times no signs telling you that you are going the wrong way until you crest a hill and are met head on with traffic. The Taconic has been described as a highway of death by police officers who have worked it for years.

    My point being the road she was driving on was in my opinion a contributing factor.

    I would expect that Daniel will rightly request that the toxicology tests be repeated. Mistakes get made in labs sometimes…

  3. Brian Howard

    I’ve driven it too often to dispute that the Taconic can be a dangerous road, particularly north of Bryant Pond Road in Putnam County. The Westchester stretch, however, has been made far safer as it’s been widened and improved over the last 20 years. And every intersection in Westchester and Putnam that I can think of is a variant on the clover-leaf configuration, with lengthy merge lanes. There may need to be more signs, but I don’t see how it would be easy at all for an alert, sober driver to get on the wrong way.

  4. Misti

    At first I thought that the husband was in denial, but after looking at Larry King Tuesday, I think that I know what happened. I believe that since his wife had such a bad toothache and was seen trying to purchase a pain reliever at that convience store and could not, she tried to numb the pain with that straight Vodka and since she was not a drinker that stuff just made her super drunk and disoriented ( straight vodka is lethal even to drinkers) and that is why she had the accident. Now the marijuana I cannot explain.

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