Secret Addiction in Taconic Crash? It's Possible

"Growing Pains" star Tracey Gold has admitted on "Oprah" that she drank and drove nearly five years ago. Gold lost control of her SUV in Ventura, Calif., veered off the freeway, rolled over several times down an embankment, injuring her husband and two of her three kids.

"I made a horrible, horrible, horrible choice that evening," she said on the show. "I can't even explain what that feeling is like to see that the people you love the most that you're responsible for this. It's a horrific, horrifying moment."

Gold has since dealt with her issues with alcohol; Diana's treatment is off to a strong start.

"It's hope that I'm going to take the steps," Diana said. "It's one big step and then maybe tiny steps, and I'm going to be healthy again, and that's what I want."

Diane Schuler's family and lawyer have continued to say they are baffled about what happened.

Schuler was driving home to West Babylon, N.Y., from an upstate campground with her two children and three nieces in the car when she crashed on the Taconic in the early afternoon of July 26. After dodging oncoming cars for 1.7 miles, she slammed into an SUV. Her minivan tumbled down an embankment and burst into flames.

Schuler's 5-year-old son, Brian, survived the crash, but daughter Erin and nieces Alyson, Emma and Katie Hunce were killed, along with three people in another vehicle.

Schuler's blood alcohol level was 0.19, more than twice the legal state limit. The toxicology reports from the Westchester County medical examiner's office showed Schuler had the equivalent of 10 drinks in her stomach and elevated levels of THC, the active chemical in marijuana.

Lawyer Questions Toxicology Findings

Investigators found a broken 1.7 ounce bottle of vodka at the crash scene, but Barbara's private investigator Thomas Ruskin told "GMA" that "we don't know if the vodka bottle was in the car or out of the car," because the car rolled.

Her lawyer also called the official findings into question.

"I don't say that the [toxicology] report is accurate or not accurate," the Schulers' lawyer, Dominic Barbara, told "Good Morning America's" Chris Cuomo Friday. "What I say is that none of this case is logical. This is a woman who leaves a campground at 9 a.m. absolutely sober. ... We have video, we have tapes, we have people we spoke to. She had no alcohol in her system."

The lawyer said that in one of four phone calls made from the Schuler's minivan before the crash, one of the children described her aunt as behaving strangely.

"We now have information about one of the phone calls where the child [in the car] says that her aunt is having problems speaking and seeing. Not slurred, but actually having trouble," Barbara said.

Barbara asked anyone with information about Schuler or the events leading to the crash to contact his investigators at the CMP Group in New York.

"The issue is what happened to this woman and how it happened," Barbara said. "It's not logical to just believe that these events occurred the way they did. It isn't who she was as a person."

Experts don't agree with Barbara's proposition.

"If they found elevated alcohol levels in her blood, she must have ingested it," said Dr. Pierre Fayad, chairman of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Neurological Sciences. "Unfortunately, alcoholism and drug addiction are often missed or underestimated by family members."

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