Daniel Schuler told reporters he's never seen his wife drunk and has never known her to frequent bars or smoke marijuana.
"She was not a drinker. She was not an alcoholic," Schuler told reporters outside his attorney's office in Garden City, when asked if wife Diane Schuler had a drinking problem. "There's no way."
Daniel Schuler described his wife's behavior as "fine," the morning of the July 26 crash.
"We loaded up the car, we had a cup of coffee ... and I kissed everyone goodbye," he said.
Police said Diane, who was driving home from a camping trip upstate was seen driving aggressively and erratically by several eyewitnesses.
Diane was traveling with her 2-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, along with her three nieces, when she started driving southbound in the northbound lanes, police said. Minutes later, she crashed head-on into an SUV carrying three men. In all, eight people died as a result of the accident. Schuler's son, Bryan, was the lone survivor and remains at the hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries.
A toxicology report compiled by the Westchester County District Attorney's Office, later revealed that Schuler had a blood alcohol level of .19 at the time of the accident. An autopsy also discovered elevated levels of THC - the main substance found in marijuana - in her system.
Jay Schuler, Diane's sister-in-law, also came to her defense, saying the toxicology report can't be true.
"There was no body else that I would've trusted - she loved children," she said. "There is no way she would ever jeopardize the children."
Schuler's attorney, Dominic Barbara, suggested that Diane Schuler's health may have played a role in the accident. According to Barbara, Diane had diabetes, a mouth abscess that wasn't being treated, and a mysterious bump on her leg before the crash.
"I think she had a stroke of some sort," Dominic said, attempting to link the accident to her ambiguous medical condition. "From the stroke came all the other issues."