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Wrong-way driver 'not a drinker'

August 07, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Daniel Schuler refused to accept an autopsy report that said his wife had the equivalent of 10 drinks and had smoked marijuana within an hour of a wrong-way highway crash that killed her and seven others.

"I never saw her drunk since the day I met her," Daniel Schuler, 37, said in Garden City. "She was not a drinker. She was not an alcoholic."

Diane Schuler, 36, drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway on July 26 and struck a sport utility vehicle.

A preliminary autopsy found that her blood-alcohol level was 0.19%, more than twice the legal limit, and that she had high levels of the key ingredient in marijuana in her system.

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