Jack Dillon Young, 20, was seen texting while he drove a pickup, according to a witness who told the Express-News that he had called authorities multiple times after seeing the pickup drift onto the shoulder and across the center line, the report said.
Young was pinned in the pickup immediately after the collision and told Leakey, Texas, resident Jody Kuchler that he had been texting when he hit the bus.
“He said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I was texting on my phone,’” Kuchler told the Express-News.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that law enforcement officers near the crash on U.S. 83 that killed 13 members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, received phone calls about a person in a white pickup driving erratically shortly before the deadly collision.
Uvalde police Lt. Daniel Rodriguez said a man called at 12:02 p.m. Wednesday to report the swerving truck heading north on U.S. 83 and asked deputies to respond, the AP reported. Deputies were dispatched, but Rodriguez said the same caller called back about 12:30 p.m. to say the truck had been in a collision.
Real County Constable Nathan Johnson also said a woman called county dispatchers to report that a truck matching the description was being driven erratically in the same area shortly before the accident. The same woman called back to report the wreck.
The pickup’s driver, whom authorities later identified as Leakey native Jack Young, was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio on Wednesday and was in stable condition.
The collision killed 13 people, mostly from New Braunfels:
Murray William Barrett, 67
Howard Bryan Allen, 81
Rhonda Barlow Allen, 61
Harold Boyd Barber, 87
Margaret Robinson Barber, 82
Cristie Clare Moore, 68, of Cibolo
Donna Elizabeth Hawkins, 69, of Schertz
Avis Scholl Banks, 83, of Austin
Mildred Goodlett Rosamond, 87
Addie Maurine Schmeltkopf, 84
Sue Wynn Tysdal, 76
Martha Holcomb Walker, 84
Dorothy Fern Vulliet, 84
Authorities said the sole surviving passenger on the bus, Rose Mary Harris, 64, of New Braunfels, was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where she was in critical condition.
The event formerly known as Home World has a new name and new location.Get totally inspired for spring as you find hundreds of ways to improve your home. Make your home the one you really want. Show open daily duringmall hours. Admission is free!
Landscaping and Outdoors
Get ready for Spring and Summer and transform your outdoor space into something that feels like you’re on vacation
Make sure to visit our demonstration stage during the entire show. There will be exciting demonstrations on how to re-purpose and design thanks to Monarch Market Affair.
Meet Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch
Join us as we welcome Me-TV superstar Barry Williams who played the iconic Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch TV Show. Meet him and get an autograph on February 10th stage side at center court in front of Macy’s.
The line will start forming when the Mall Opens, and Barry’s First appearance will be at 11 a.m.
Come prepared with your camera or cell phone for the Meet and Greet.