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.
Taconic Driver Impaired by Alcohol, Marijuana
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
New York, NY —
Westchester County's Forensic Laboratory says its toxicology report shows the woman who caused the fatal wrong-way crash on the Taconic Parkway, had a blood alcohol level of .19. That's more than twice New York's legal limit. Betsey Spratt, the county's chief toxicologist, says that could explain impaired driving.
SPRATT: Around that level of alcohol, you also start to get what's called tunnel vision where your perception is changed. So you can't see peripherally all the time, depending on her tolerance that she has to alcohol as well.
That audio courtsey of WNBC. Investigators say Diane Schuler drove her minivan for more than two miles. She crashed head-on into an SUV killing herself, her two-year-old daughter and three young nieces, as well as the three men in the SUV.
State Police say they found a broken bottle of vodka near the wreck and Schuler still had six grams of alcohol in her stomach that had yet to be metabolised. The autopsy also found that she was impaired by marijuana.