Drunk and High: Investigator in Taconic Mom Crash Flip-Flops, Now Agrees With Officials

Thomas Ruskin previously disputed toxicology results in crash that killed eight

An investigator says he now agrees with the medical examiner's conclusions that a Long Island woman was drunk and high when she crashed her SUV and killed eight people.

Thomas Ruskin previously disputed the toxicology results and blamed Diane Schuler's actions on a medical condition.

He says while he found no one who saw the West Babylon woman high at the time of the July 26, 2009 crash, he also found no evidence to dispute the ME's findings, which determined Diane Schuler's blood alcohol level to be more than twice the legal limit and that she had ingested marijuana as early as an hour before the crash.

Ruskin recently stopped working for the Schuler family he says because they reportedly have decided to sell the story of the crash to HBO.

The collision killed Schuler, her daughter, three nieces and three men in another vehicle.

It occurred on the Taconic State Parkway in the Town of Mount Pleasant.

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