Shocking video has been released from the accident that resulted in the deaths of 13 elderly church goers when a 20-year-old man veered into the other lane and hit the bus head-on. Now, officers are using the video taken by witness Jody Kuchler to determine what caused this senseless tragedy.
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Kuchler was recording the driver Jack Dillon Young while speaking to authorities in an attempt to get the distracted driver off the road. He records the white Dodge pickup truck driving recklessly, swerving to the side of the road and across the median line.
“He kept going off the road and over into incoming traffic,’ Kuchler told KENS5. ‘There were a couple of cars and trucks that actually got off on the shoulder.”
In the video, you can hear Kuchler’s concern for others on the road. “He’s going to hit somebody head on or he’s going to kill his own damn self. Somebody needs to get this guy off the road,” he can be heard saying.
Authorities declined to send a patrol car out because the truck was leaving their jurisdiction. That decision didn’t sit well with the 55-year-old man who quickly retorted, “We’re talking about safety. Somebody needs to get this guy off the road.”
Moments later, Young and his Dodge truck veered into the other lane of traffic and hit a bus full of church seniors at a reported 80 MPH. Kuchler turned his camera off then and tried to attend to the injured.
Kuchler recalled the 20-year-old driver repeatedly saying, “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.”‘
The church bus was coming back from a three-day choir retreat. The bus driver, 67-year-old Murray Barrett, and 11 of his passengers died instantly. Another passenger died later at the hospital. There were only two passengers who survived the crash.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Young had never been arrested before and used to be a football player at Leakey High School in Texas.
Department of Public Safety Sergeant Conrad Hein didn’t comment on whether Young was texting and driving, but with this video now being released to the public, it could play a crucial, incriminating role in a trial and later, sentencing for Young.
h/t Daily Mail