The Long Island mom behind the wheel in a fiery wrong-way crash that killed her and seven others along a New York state highway was reportedly drunk and had high levels of marijuana in her system, authorities said Tuesday.
The findings were part of a toxicology report that was conducted on 36-year-old Diane Schuler in the wake of the deadly July 26 crash along the Taconic State Parkway in Briarcliff Manor, The Journal News of Westchester reported on its Web site.
The findings were shared with relatives of the crash victims, which included Schuler's 2-year-old daughter and three nieces.
Schuler was coming home to West Babylon from an upstate camping trip when she drove her Ford Windstar minivan against traffic for 1.7 miles along the northbound lane of the Taconic.
State police investigators said Schuler collided head-on with a Chevrolet Trail Blazer driven by Guy Bastardi.
Bastardi, his father Michael, and family friend Daniel Longo were all killed in the tragic crash.
Also killed were Schuler, her daughter Erin, and her three nieces, Emma Hance, 8; Alyson Hance, 7; and Kate Hance, 5.
Her 5-year-old son Bryan was the only survivor. He is currently recovering at the Westchester Medical Center in stable condition.
Investigators said Schuler crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge at about 1 p.m. and pulled over on the Tarrytown end of the crossing.
At 1:02 p.m., she called her brother, Warren Hance, and had a brief phone conversation with him, telling him that she was feeling "disoriented and had trouble seeing," according to investigators.
Hance told Schuler to immediately pull over and that he would drive to get her.
Instead, Schuler did not stay put, driving her car against traffic before the crash happened at 1:35 p.m.