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Wrong-Way Crash Mom Going 85, Drunk and High, in Collision that Killed Eight: Final Report

In this undated photo provided by the Schuler family, Diane, left, and Daniel Schuler are seen on a camping trip. Diane Schuler was drunk and high on marijuana when she drove the wrong way for almost two miles on a highway before smashing head-on into an SUV, killing herself and seven others, a prosecutor said. Schuler family attorney Dominic Barbara says 36-year-old Diane Schuler wasn't an alcoholic but was diabetic and may have suffered a stroke before the July 26 crash north of New York City. (AP Photo/Schuler Family) AP Photo/Schuler Family

Minivan that had burst into flames after it collided head-on with an SUV on the Taconic State Parkway on July 26, 2009. (CBS/WCBS)
HAWTHORNE, N.Y. (CBS/WCBS/AP) Police say the wrong-way driver blamed for eight deaths on a New York highway last summer was going 85 miles an hour when the wreck occurred.

State police issued their final report Tuesday on the July 26, 2009 crash in Westchester County.

Diane Schuler of West Babylon, Long Island, previously was found to be drunk and high on marijuana, and police say those findings still stand, according to CBS affiliate WCBS. The collision killed Schuler, her daughter, and three nieces in the mini-van she was driving, and three men in the other vehicle.

Investigators say the SUV Schuler struck was going about 74 miles per hour.

The collision occurred on the northbound Taconic State Parkway in the Town of Mount Pleasant.

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  • Barry Leibowitz

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