GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) - An attorney says the woman who drove drunk and caused a New York highway crash that killed eight people was diabetic and may have suffered a stroke.
Dominic Barbara says 36-year-old Diane Schuler had diabetes, a mouth abcess for several weeks and a bump on her leg before the July 26 crash north of New York City.
Barbara represents Schuler's husband, Daniel. He says that "I think she had a stroke of some sort."
Police say Schuler downed more than 10 vodkas and smoked marijuana before her minivan crashed into an SUV. Her 2-year-old daughter and three nieces were killed with her, and three men driving in the SUV. Schuler's 5-year-old son survived.