An attorney for two victims who died in the devastating wrong-way crash on the Taconic Parkway said yesterday that the behavior of the relatives of driver Diane Schuler is "very suspicious," according to a published report.
Lawyer Brian Sichol represents the family of Guy and Michael Bastardi, two of the three men killed when Schuler plowed head-on into their SUV after driving for nearly two miles in the wrong direction on July 26.
Schuler, her daughter, three nieces and another passenger in the Bastardi's car were killed. Only Schuler's 5-year-old son Bryan survived. He just went home this week after spending two months in the hospital for severe head injuries.
Toxicology reports indicated Schuler had a blood alcohol level of 0.19 – more than twice the legal limit – and had smoked marijuana as early as 15 minutes before the fatal crash. Schuler's family has repeatedly denied accusations that Diane had substance abuse problems, and filed a request to exhume her body to disprove the coroner's findings.
But Sichol believes Schuler's family knows what "set that woman off that day," reports The New York Post. The lawyer said Schuler "[reached] out for help" as she drove randomly around Westchester, but she never called her husband, Daniel.
"The whole thing is strange," Sichol told the Post, adding that he intends to sue Schuler's family.
Thomas Ruskin, a private investigator hired by Schuler's relatives, told the paper he has no clue why Diane didn't reach out to her husband.