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NFT: There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane

flicker, flea : 7/11/2020 11:52 am
Ran across this doc on HBO earlier this week. For those who haven't seen it, it covers the story of a truly tragic car accident some years ago involving a family from LI on the way home from a camping trip. The loss of life among the family and several other innocent drivers is about as sad as it gets, so I feel a bit odd writing about it. The case is very curious though so I wanted to see what others thought about it.

The family (mother, daughters, cousins) were on the way home from a camping trip on the Taconic Pkwy. The husband drove separately in his truck. They left at the same time, and the families began to receive calls from the kids intimating that there was something wrong with the mother and that she couldn't see. The van she was driving was seen making several somewhat aggressive maneuvers (switching lanes, tailgating, etc.) by other motorists. She was seen in a McDonalds and on CCTV at a station, behaving normally and sober from accounts.

The accident ultimately took place after she began traveling on the Taconic going in the wrong direction. She was later found to have had the equivalent of 10 drinks and THC in her system. The accident occurred in the early afternoon. The husband and family, while admitting occasional use of reefer and booze, categorically stated that she was not an abuser, and that she would never have endangered her daughters and nieces by DWI. They desperately hoped that the chemical analyses were mistaken, but they were later supported by an additional round of testing. They were pinning their hopes on false results, a lab mistake, or that it was some sort of medical episode. Either way, the results don't lie, so it seems she was indeed drunk and/or stoned at the time.

Anyway, there is still a bit of mystery involved. How and why does a seemingly successful woman endanger her family and all other motorists during the middle of the day with such obviously poor choices and odd behavior?

Peace to those lost and the families.

This story was so intriguing at the time  
Route 9 : 7/11/2020 12:06 pm : link
In the end, I think she was just some closet drunk and pill-head who cost those kids their lives.

I know a couple of suburban moms who have a fondness for the booze, pills and funky stuff From the outside looking in one would never expect anything's wrong.

But as I said above, something like this was intriguing at the time, but now? Not really.
The convenience store video  
Route 9 : 7/11/2020 12:10 pm : link
Shows how out of it she was, in my opinion. my guess is she went into the store and was looking for more booze. She sped out of there recklessly and almost hit someone if... I remember correctly.

Maybe... She should've hit a sign or a slower movong car and it would've been far less fatal. Brutal.
As a recovering alcoholic,  
MBavaro : 7/11/2020 1:16 pm : link
I'm sad to say, this sounds very plausible to me. The hundreds of stories I've heard in the room back that up as well.

This may sound cliche, but it's true, If you've never been under the grip of a substance to this extent, you have zero idea how much it takes over your life.
I saw that documentary on  
JimInKgnNY : 7/11/2020 1:19 pm : link
HBO when it first aired years ago since it was a local incident that I remembered. Very well done but extremely sad and frightening at the same time. I remember the interview they did with the elderly couple who saw her as she was getting on the wrong ramp. Her facial expression showed she was very determined. The accident scene also had a lasting effect on many of the first responders.
I came away thinking her actions were the result of marital problems between her and her husband that reached a tragic point.
I remember this vividly  
BestFeature : 7/11/2020 1:22 pm : link
I think this was somewhere around 2008-2010. When I read Taconic I figured this was the story.
As I get older....  
rmc3981 : 7/11/2020 2:09 pm : link
I cannot bring myself to watch personal stories that bring me down. I just don't see the benefit IMHO.
GiantEgo : 7/11/2020 2:41 pm : link
It is a haunting documentary. I have never forgotten it. Along with "Dear Zachary" among the most disturbing of all time.

Crazy doc  
weeg in the bronx : 7/11/2020 3:31 pm : link
If I recall when they parted ways at the campground there was no concern/she was sober. My former doctor is also interviewed in the doc, he was a witness/911 caller.
Sometimes people will pound  
section125 : 7/11/2020 4:52 pm : link
a few and not even realize how drunk they are. They lose count of how many they had, feel what they think is nothing but are 30 minutes away from being "blind" after it metabolizes..Tragic story.
Only remembered the HBO documentary faintly  
CMc in 342 : 7/11/2020 11:02 pm : link
-- but was reminded of it when I happened to pick up the book written by the mother called, "I'll See You Again." It's extremely well written, detailed, and heartbreaking. The emotion is raw and as if you experienced the loss of each child first-hand and the emotional introspection to understand and forgive her sister is a true search for faith. To be honest, I couldn't finish it. Started it at a time when it was too much for me -- but intend to go back to it.
Spoiler alert I guess  
mattnyg05 : 7/12/2020 7:53 am : link
Even though it’s not much of a spoiler

The final scene is horrific. It was a great documentary but as a few here have said-I actually recommend not watching it because the ending will tattoo your brain permanently.

The “Paradise Lost” HBO documentary about the children who were killed and the wrongfully accused teens is similar. I honestly started to watch it because I had heard good things and I couldn’t get through the first five minutes. I wished I never saw it. I have children and it was something I’ll never forget-painful and sad and I had to turn it off.
this whole thing  
Enzo : 7/12/2020 11:03 am : link
was just horrifying on so many levels. I remember that doc and you come away wanting to punch the husband in the face. Even if you're a raging alcoholic, it's crazy that she drank that much vodka that morning before driving with 5 kids in the car.
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