Husband of Wrong-Way New York Driver Sues State, In-Law

by emallernee | July 25th, 2011

July 25, 2011

On Monday, July 25, Daniel Schuler filed a lawsuit in the New York Court of Claims alleging that Westchester County’s Taconic State Parkway was poorly equipped and without proper signs—contributing to his wife Diane Schuler’s horrific wrong-way car crash two years ago.

The July 26, 2009, crash killed Schuler, 36, and seven other people—including Schuler’s two-year-old daughter, her three young nieces, and three men from Yonkers. The crash’s only survivor was the Schulers’ five-year-old son.

A blood toxicology report later showed that Schuler’s blood-alcohol level was 0.19 percent and that she was also high on marijuana. Daniel Schuler has maintained that his wife did not drink and that her autopsy was botched.

Police determined that Schuler drove her minivan 1.7 miles in the wrong direction before hitting a Chevy Trailblazer head-on at 85 mph.

Mr. Schuler has also sued his brother-in-law, arguing that because Diane was driving his car he is “vicariously liable” for the crash.

An HBO documentary about the crash, which is called the worst Westchester crash in 75 years, premiered on Monday. It is called There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane.

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If you or someone you know were the victim of a New York auto accident, the New York accident lawyers at the Law Offices of William Mattar may be able to help you.