Witness Says Driver Who Crashed into Church Bus Was Texting

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"I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I was texting on my phone."

According to Jody Kuchler, these were the first words 20-year-old Jack Young said after driving his pickup truck into church bus outside Garner State Park on Wednesday, killing almost every passenger inside.

Kulcher, who says he had been driving behind Kulcher's white truck, witnessed the entire accident and was one of the first people on the scene. On Friday, Kulcher told the Express-News he found Young pinned inside his crunched vehicle. Per his account: "'Son do you know what you just did?’ He just kept saying, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry.’”

Kuchler had already called law enforcement to report Young's erratic driving down U.S. 83 almost a half hour before he slammed into the van. He said Young had been swerving for miles.

“The bus was coming around the curve and the guy drifted over across the yellow line,” Kuchler told the daily. “The driver of the bus moved over to try to avoid him, but there was nowhere to go with the guardrail there and the truck hit him head on.”

Thirteen of the 14 passengers in the bus, including the driver, have since died. The group, all elderly members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, were driving home from a choir retreat in Leakey. Young remains hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries.

This comes in the midst of a contentious debate at the state legislature over a bill that would ban texting while driving in Texas.


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