amateurnovice wrote:There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (2011). Documentary about the 2009 Taconic State Parkway car crash in which 8 people were killed including 4 children. If you haven't heard of this before, I would recommend researching the accident prior to watching the documentary. The Wikipedia on it is quite thorough. The details that lead to the events of the accident aren't investigated thoroughly in the documentary, in my opinion. The documentary also doesn't discuss what I feel would've made a more compelling film, that being the denial the remaining members of the Schuler family. It's something of a mystery, but I think that it could be resolved if the widower and sister-in-law would be more forthcoming with the events of the camping trip prior to the accident. (3/5)
I have traveled ALL of The Taconic State Parkway many, many times and am quite familiar with it, or at least as it was 20+ years ago.
It is a divided four-lane road with the north and south bound lanes widely separated from each other by wild, rough, country (woods, cliffs and other rocky features). It really is a "parkway." It actually intersects the Appalachian Trail.
There are many places where you cannot see the opposite lanes. The two lanes going in one direction can easily be mistaken for a simple two lane country road. Old country roads intersect it at right angles with nothing more than stop signs at the intersection. (I think they have put in some overpasses.) The stop signs at the north and south bound lanes can be many yards apart with the second sign not even visible when stopped at the first. It would be VERY easy to turn onto the the parkway in the wrong direction, especially by someone in a confused state as described by that Wikipedia write-up. Parts of the road have sharp, steep, bends requiring more than normal concentration to navigate safely, even on a clear sunny day. 85 mph could be a challenge!
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