I, to am obsessed with this film. It was all over the news here for days after it happened. I've watched it about five times now. The husband comes across as an extremely angry bomb that is about to blow up. Look at this face while he's on Larry King. He is in complete and utter denial and fuming. When Larry asked them how to explain the vodka bottle, he said they kept one in the camper and said something about "cooking marshmallows" while the sister said they make "pina coladas." I did laugh when he was carping about "laundry, taking care of the house, going to work, Bryan's school work.... you're running all day and all night. This is it now." So we know he did nothing to help around the house and as his own mother said "We spoiled him and so did she. He was Diane's oldest child." Bleh.
The scenes in which they were going through Diane's calendars was interesting, when Jay said something like "You know, Diane would never even tell us that she was going to the doctor or dentist." She didn't seem to make the connection that perhaps there were many other things that Diane wasn't telling anyone.
The best friend who giggled as she explained that if Diane liked you, you were okay but if not she could be "difficult" and had to be in charge, even over a GPS system in a car speaks volumes about her personality. Anyone who knows a person like this could completely understand the giggles that came with those comments. Her job as Director of Billing and Collections probably was a great fit for her take charge, don't give me bullshit type personality.
When the toxicology person said that she had smoked from 15 minutes to an hour before the crash, I wondered what happened after they left the gas station. There seem to be blocks of time that are not accounted for. She took off quickly from the gas station and I wish the tape didn't stop there because it looked liked she just drove out to the left lane without stopping. I figured headache or toothache or something since she was looking for aspirin or whatever at the gas station mart. On another note, what kind of shop these days doesn't
sell those little packets of Tylenol or Advil? Maybe she pulled off the road and lit up in the car or swigged some Vodka because I think it was around 11-something that the witness saw her bent over in a rest area like she was getting sick. But .19? That's a lot of drinks. Plus I think the accident happened after 1 p.m. so smoking at 11 does against the tox person's estimates. When I saw that she took with her from McDonald's not just a coffee but a large orange juice as well, my mind again wondered what the HELL was this "awesome, the best" (Danny's words) woman doing?
The contents of the incoherent phone call with her brother were not disclosed either and I would think the brother would have shared the content of that call at some point while they were waiting in the hospital. It's very eerie to me that right after Diane-- driving on the Southbound side-- called her brother and he told her to stay put and that he would come and get her, she left her phone on the highway, got off the highway and got on again but this time in the Northbound direction, but driving southbound. When I read that somewhere, I wondered if it was a murder/suicide thing and maybe she had a vicious fight with Danny the night before and he will never admit that.
And according to this, the HBO piece was made without the cooperation of Jackie and her husband.
It said that on one of the typed screens in the actual film.
That forensic guy, Werner Spitz, has a reputation as a very cranky, combative guy. He held his patience with those people very well. The whole "could an abscess tooth cause a stroke" thing was something they were unable to let go. Hello? Perhaps it can cause a stroke but it doesn't elevate your blood to .19 and throw in some THC for the hell of it, you know?
One thing I was confused about though. Jay says that Bryan told her that he flew out of the car like superman. I think one of the officers on the scene said they were thrown from the vehicle but I think I recall one of the witnesses (the man who started crying) talking about trying to get the doors open and pulling out a little girl, putting her down and begging her to wake up. He said something like "We didn't see him under there. Thank God he was under there." If they were tossed out of the car, under where?
The idea that the father would sue the brother of Diane is just repulsive.
On a superficial note: Every photo they showed of Diane was years old when she was very thin. When she got out of the car at the gas station, I thought we were looking at a different person. Perhaps her weight issues were caused by depression and she drank and smoked on a regular basis to alleviate that. It certainly doesn't explain why she would consume such large amounts of pot and booze on the way home from a trip (a 35 minutes ride according to the lawyer).