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Driver Who Killed 13 in a Church Bus Crash Indicted   

Jack D. Young was indicted on June 28th for killing 13 people in a deadly car crash while he was driving under the influence of prescription pills.

How the Fatal Church Bus Crash Occurred

San Antonio Express-News reports that Young was indicted for being accused of killing 13 people who were members of the First Baptist Church New Braunfels on March 29th in Uvalde County, Texas.

Young was alone in his pickup truck when he crossed the center line of the road and hit the bus carrying the congregants head-on, causing the death of 13 people.

Young had allegedly been under the influence of prescription pills and texting when the crash occurred. The only two survivors from the crash were Young and one of the passengers on the bus of senior congregants who were on their way home from a retreat in Leakey, Texas.

Details on the Indictment

Young surrendered himself at Uvalde County Jail on the indictments on June 28th, and he is being held under bonds that come to a total of $380,000.

If Young is able to post bond he would have to abide by certain conditions put in place by District Judge Camile DuBose. He would have to undergo frequent urine testing, adhere to a strict curfew, wear a GPS device at all times, and put a device in his car that is meant to stop intoxicated drivers from operating a vehicle.

His arraignment is expected to be on either July 20th or 21st.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT):

  • 455 people killed in crashes involving distracted driving in 2016, which is a 5% increase from 2015.
  • The Fatality Rate on Texas roadways for 2016 was 1.44 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled, which is a 3.59% increase from 2015.
  • In 2016 there were 638 people killed in head-on crashes.
  • 265,076 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2016.
  • In 2016 there were no deathless days on Texas roadways.
  • 51.57% of the state’s traffic fatalities occurred in rural areas.




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