As recently as last month, drinking parents seemed to be all the rage. On the bookshelves: Stefanie Wilder-Taylor’s Naptime Is the New Happy Hour, Robert Wilder’s Daddy Needs a Drink, and Chris Mancini’s Pacify Me, the cover of which shows a six-pack consisting of five beers and one milk bottle. A pacifier dangles from one of the brews.
Diane Schuler, 36, had a blood alcohol level of 0.19, according to the district attorney’s office. “My office, along with the New York State Police, will continue to investigate the facts and circumstances that led up to the collision causing the deaths, so that the public and the families of the victims can understand what led to this horrific crash,” District Attorney Janet DiFiore said in a statement released Tuesday. The head-on crash happened July 26 when a minivan driven by Schuler and carrying five children was heading the wrong way on a northbound lane of the Taconic State Parkway about 30 miles north of New York City, police said.
A three-vehicle crash north of New York killed eight people, including four children, state police said on Sunday. A fifth child is being treated for injuries suffered in the crash near Pleasantville, about 30 miles north of New York. Police initially reported no survivors.