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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Ioannis Eracleous Introduction Worldwide, alcohol is the most common cause of death in caraccident. Today, however, less is known about the effect of drugs while driving. Combination of these two, could enhance the effect of alcohol and/or vice versa in the system. What happened? On July 26, 2009, 1:35pm at Taconic StateParkway, NY, USA, a car accident occurredthat caused the death of 8 people, 2 peoplewith minor injuries and 1 child with severe injuries. Who were involved? The person that caused this accident wasDiane Schuler, a 36-year-old mother of Erin Schuler, 2-year-old, and Bryan Schuler, 5-year-old, and aunt of Kate Hance, 5-year-old, Alyson Hance, 7-year-old, and Emma Hance,8-year-old. Guy Bastardi, 49-year-old, his father Micheal Bastardi, 81-year-old, and their friend Daniel Longo, 74-year-old were boarding on the oncoming vehicle. Her drink drive limit was found to be 0.19% (and more undigested in her stomach), aswell as, 113mg/mL of THC in her system. Why this case? The case went on publicity through the Schuler's attorney. As, a result, HBO got an interest and made a documentary about the case with the name "There's something wrong with Aunt Diane". The documentary includes the police that was involve in the case, as well as, some of the relatives of the deceased. Furthermore, the case also shows the police, autopsy and toxicology report. As the reports suggest the case involves the consumption of a large amount of alcohol and use of drug (marijuana). For the toxicology analysis various laboratory instruments a nd techniques were used, such as Immunoassay (drug screening test) for THC in blood and urine, GC-FID for ethanol analysis in blood, urine, vitreous humor, brain and gastic contents, GC-MS (confirmatory technique) for THC analysis in blood and urine, and Spectrometer for carbon monoxide analysis. Reference to the science behind References [USA movie]. There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane. (2011). [video]. Movie0913. 7 May 2014 at: 1 2 Lukas, Scott E. and Orozco, Sara (2001). Ethanol increases plasma Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels and subjective effects after marihuana smoking in human volunteers. [online]. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 64 (2), 143-149. Journal from ScienceDirect last accessed 17 January 2015 at: 2 1 2 1 "Daddy, there is something wrong with Aunt Diane and she is having trouble seeing and she is talking funny, she is slurring"- Emma Hance (talking on the phone with her father at 12:58pm). The Taconic and the Toxicology Report Baker, A. and Kovaleski, S. F. (2009). Details about the Alcohol and Phone Calls Emerge in Wrong-Way Crash. [online]. Last accessed 15 January 2015 at: 3 The legal limit for intoxication in New York State is 0.08% of alcohol level. 3
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