The driver of a pickup truck that killed 13 people when it crashed into a minibus in rural Texas on Wednesday admitted that he had been texting when the accident occurred.
Officials have reported that the driver of the truck, Jack Dillon Young, 20, of Leakey appeared to have crossed the center line when he crashed into a church minibus.
Members of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels in Texas were reportedly returning from a three-day retreat in the nearby town of Leakey when the accident occurred.
Twelve people on the bus died at the scene and another died at a hospital, according to reports. One bus passenger remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
Witness Jody Kuchler, 55, told reporters that he and his girlfriend witnessed Young driving erratically just before the accident occurred.
“He kept going off the road and into oncoming traffic … and he just kept doing that,” said Kuchler, who followed the truck for at least 15 minutes and even called police about the driver, telling them “they needed to get him off the road before he hit somebody.”
After the crash, Kuchler spoke to Young. “He said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I was texting.’ I said, ‘Son, do you know what you just did?’ He said, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry,'” Kuchler recalled.
Young was injured in the crash and remains hospitalized.
Unlike most other states, Texas has no statewide ban on texting while driving.
H/T: WSBT22 News
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