Jenna Flanagan has been an Associate Producer and contributing reporter for WNYC's All Things Considered, local news since 2006. Prior to that, she worked for 3 years as a general assignment reporter for the WBGO news department and won a Garden State Association of Black Journalists award.
Driver's Brother: Toxicology Report Raises More Questions
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
New York, NY –
The brother of the Long Island woman who caused a wrong-way crash that killed eight people says his family is shocked by a report that she was drunk and high at the time. Warren Hance says in a statement that he and his wife Jackie never knew Diane Schuler to be, quote, "anything but a responsible and caring mother and aunt." He says the toxicology report raises more questions than answers. The statement was read by Jackie Hance's brother, Stephen Spagnuolo.
Spagnuolo: This is the absolute last thing that we ever would have expected. We would never knowingly allow our daughters to travel with someone who might jeopardize their safety.
The Hance's three daughters died in the crash. The families of the three Yonkers men, who died when Schuler plowed into their SUV, plan to sue. Schuler's husband has hired an attorney and they plan to hold a news conference tomorrow.