2009 TACONIC STATE PKWY CRASH A Virtual Cemetery created by: KASSIOPEIA
Description: The 2009 Taconic State Parkway crash was a traffic collision that occurred July 26, 2009, on the Taconic State Parkway near Briarcliff Manor, NY. Eight people were killed when a minivan driven by 36-year-old, Diane Schuler, traveling in the wrong direction for over a mile on the parkway, collided head-on with an oncoming SUV. The deaths included Schuler, her daughter, and her three nieces, and also the three passengers in the SUV. The crash was the worst fatal motor vehicle accident in Westchester County since the 1934 bus accident which claimed 20 lives. The ensuing investigation into the crash's cause received nationwide attention. Although a toxicology report stated that Schuler was heavily intoxicated with both alcohol and marijuana at the time of the crash, Schuler's husband Daniel has consistently denied that she abused drugs or alcohol, and has made multiple media appearances to defend his wife and call for further investigation into other possible medical causes for her erratic driving the day of the accident.