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There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane - any recent updates?

I recently watched this documentary and found several threads here about Diane Schuler but I can't seem to find any updates as of 2013?

I know everyone is suing everyone, the Hances had a baby and there were two books written by family members of those killed.

Have there been any recent updates with the Schuler family? What is Daniel Schuler up to these days and his closet-smoker sister in law? Have the Hances had to give any testimony through the various lawsuits about what happened on that day?

Also, did any of her coworkers come forward to say what she was like to work with and if she showed any signs of problem drinking (calling out often, making up excuses to stay home, etc)? It was strange that they featured her four high school friends and one person who seemed just a neighbor on the documentary but no real intimates or who knew her in her daily life.

by Anonymousreply 1710/15/2014


Not one person who has a cousin who is married to someone who used to work with diane schuler? Or someone who left the dreadfully tacky long island years ago but still knows the goings-on at home?

No one who works with, used to work with, knows, used to know, went to school with or otherwise could dish some gossip on daniel schuler?

by Anonymousreply 108/26/2013

It's on HBO again right now

by Anonymousreply 210/13/2014

Those accents. They could be the smartest people in the world but that accent makes them sound like dumbasses. Actually I do think Diane's husband was simple minded.

by Anonymousreply 310/13/2014

I'm watching it. I was thrown a little that they showed Diane's corpse at the accident scene.

by Anonymousreply 410/13/2014

Since this aired I have read comments saying that it could have been that Diane blacked out after taking Ambien.

by Anonymousreply 510/13/2014

It would be very interesting to know the content of the phone conversation Aunt Diane had with her brother before the accident.

by Anonymousreply 610/13/2014

R5, she didn't take Ambien, she drank a quart of vodka and smoked weed.

by Anonymousreply 710/13/2014

Five years after a violent wrong-way collision on the Taconic State Parkway killed eight people — including four young children — a flurry of civil lawsuits stemming from the crash have been dropped or quietly settled, with the terms sealed by a state judge.

But while the lawsuits are done, relatives of some of those killed said the unanswered questions are not.

"It's been a long five years," said Michael Bastardi Jr., whose father and brother were killed when Diane Schuler of Long Island drove her minivan head-on into their car. "I'm really honestly just disgusted the way this whole thing went. We are still being dodged by all the questions that we wanted answered."

"We just didn't get the answers we needed," said Bastardi, 55.

Bastardi and several attorneys associated with the court cases declined to discuss the cases Wednesday. But court records show that civil cases, including one filed by the Bastardi family in December 2009, had been settled by April.

The July 26, 2009, crash was one of Westchester County's most horrific. Investigators said Diane Schuler drove against traffic and struck Bastardi's car. The collision killed Schuler, her 2-year-old daughter and her three nieces — Emma Hance, 8; Alyson Hance, 7; and Katie Hance, 5. Schuler's son, Bryan, who was 5 at the time, was the only survivor.

Michael Bastardi, 81, and his 49-year-old son Guy Bastardi were killed, along with family friend Daniel Longo, 74. The three men, all from Yonkers, were on their way to a family cookout in Yorktown.

Schuler had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, more than twice the legal limit. Traces of THC in her body suggested that she had smoked marijuana as recently as 15 minutes before the crash.

Schuler's family, including her husband, Daniel Schuler, blamed her bizarre behavior on an undefined medical condition. Daniel Schuler and his in-laws, Warren and Jackie Hance, later sued each other over the crash.

The Bastardi and Longo families pushed for prosecutors to convene a grand jury, but it never happened. Michael Bastardi Jr., who wrote a book about the experience, remains convinced that the Schuler and Hance families can provide some details to shed light on the events of that day. He hopes they will eventually be willing to sit down.

"I do hope, someday," Bastardi said, "maybe if they have a change of heart they'll reach out and we'll find out what really went on."

by Anonymousreply 810/13/2014

Found a reddit discussion on this a poster thinks that Ambien may have had something to do with it

by Anonymousreply 910/13/2014

Four lawsuits have been settled from a 2009 crash that killed eight after a drunk and high West Babylon woman drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway, according to court documents and attorneys handling two of the cases.

The lawsuits against the estate of Diane Schuler, 36, claimed she was negligent when she drove a minivan south in the northbound lanes of the parkway on July 26, 2009. Schuler, one of her children and three of her young nieces in the minivan were killed, as were three people in the northbound car she hit.

Officials said Schuler's blood-alcohol level was 0.19, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, and that she had consumed marijuana.

"The terms of the settlement are confidential and the court records are sealed," attorney Kevin Grennan, of Garden City, said Wednesday. Online records show the four cases, all in state Supreme Court in Westchester County, were marked with a disposition date of Sept. 11, 2013.

Grennan said there are still two cases pending in the state Court of Claims alleging that the design of the roadway was faulty. Grennan was the attorney in one of the Westchester County cases, representing Bryan Schuler, who was 5 at the time and the sole survivor, and the estate of Erin Schuler, 2, who was killed. He also is the attorney in one of the Court of Claims cases.

The settlement included claims by the estates of the three Yonkers men in the other car who died: Guy Bastardi, 49; his father, Michael Bastardi, 81; and their friend, Daniel Longo, 74.

by Anonymousreply 1010/13/2014

Surprising story at the link

Diane Schuler Tragedy -- Lies Uncovered: [UPDATED 2014]

by Anonymousreply 1110/13/2014

My r11 that was an interesting take. Money will out eventually. Some one will want a nice payday and will talk. Families always feed on the carcasses.

by Anonymousreply 1210/14/2014

Bitch was wasted! End of story!

by Anonymousreply 1310/14/2014

When you are on Ambien you could eat a whole meal and drink a bottle of booze and not even know it. Maybe it was Ambien? Diane seemed to have a lot of hidden anger/resentment also.

by Anonymousreply 1410/14/2014

The autopsy showed no.traces of Ambien in her system. It did show a blood alcohol level of 0.19 and high levels of thc from smoking weed up to 15 minutes before she died.

by Anonymousreply 1510/15/2014

The link at R11 was so poorly written it was unreadable. Hard to find anything "interesting" about that.

by Anonymousreply 1610/15/2014

"When you are on Ambien you could eat a whole meal and drink a bottle of booze and not even know it. Maybe it was Ambien?"

There was no fucking Ambien! That's just another lame, totally unproven excuse for Shuler's behavior. Other excuses for her: she was having a stroke, she was having a seizure, she had diabetes, she had a tooth abscess, she had a cyst on her leg that may be induced a blood clot. The simple truth is that she guzzled vodka and smoked pot, got blotto and killed eight people, including herself.

by Anonymousreply 1710/15/2014
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