An article that asks if the planned November episode of the mothership, which depicts a similar event, is too soon to show?
Law & Order' Fictionalizes the Taconic Parkway Tragedy -- Is It Too Soon? October 22, 2009 By: Tom Conroy
Since its first episode aired 20 years ago, 'Law & Order' has specialized in dramatizing crime stories that are, as they say, "ripped from the headlines."
According to an article in The New York Post, an upcoming episode of the series may be fictionalizing a tragedy that is too fresh.
On July 26 of this year, Diane Schuler, 36, was driving in the wrong direction on the Taconic State Parkway north of New York City when her minivan collided with an SUV. Schuler, her 2-year-old daughter and her three young nieces were killed, as were the three men in the SUV.
An autopsy later revealed that Schuler's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit and that she had marijuana in her system.
According to the Post, last week a 'Law & Order' crew was shooting a scene in upper Manhattan in which a woman drove a minivan filled with young children in the wrong lane on a busy street. The scene ended with a fiery car crash. The episode is reportedly set to air in November.
Relatives of the people who died in the real-life accident have expressed their concern over the fictionalizing of the tragedy.
'Law & Order' is "grabbing a tragedy, and they're going to get people to watch it," Michael Bastardi Jr., who lost his father and brother in the crash, told the Post. And a spokesman for Daniel Schuler, the widower of the driver, contended that NBC "is highlighting a very sensational story for their own ratings."