Sunday, April 14, 2013

CNN teams up with HBO: "There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane": Doc about the 2009 Taconic auto crash

Tonight, CNN Films, following a new trend to air some important journalistic documentaries on Sunday nights,  re-aired the HBO 2011 original documentary “There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane”, directed by Liz Garbus, link here.  The original documentary was made by Moxie Firecracker films.
The historical details of the 2009 Taconic Parkway crash are on Wikipedia here.  The crash occurred with Diane Schuler drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway in northern Westchester County New York. 
The nearly two hour documentary interviews family and police, back and forth, trying to reconstruct the events of July 26, 2009, leading to the head-on collision that killed Diane and seven other people, four in her own family.  The medical autopsy showed very high alcohol levels and marijuana use, but all the testimony of people who knew her was that this behavior was totally out of character.  So there is not only pain for the families, there is a real medical mystery.  There is a theory that she was trying to kill the pain of a dental abscess and somehow went down a slippery slope and did not know what she was doing. 
The documentary also traces the desperate attempts of family to find her and contact police after they realized she was “missing” and not answering her cell phone, which she left by the road near a bridge.

Mr. L’s Tavern has a blog entry about the crash here. He has his own video there, and the comments are interesting. 
I have not driven this particular highway very often, although I have been through the general area many times.  In 1974, I worked for Univac for a while on the ATT account in Mt. Kisco. 
Wikipedia attribution link for TSP near Bear Mountain, link here
A word to the wise. I did discover on a recent trip that the Rockaway Freeway (in Queens, NYC in Far Rockaway) is very dangerous for visitors who are not familiar with the unusual traffic patterns in some places.  It should be much more clearly marked.   

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