Pickup truck driver involved in fatal church bus crash released from hospital

Jack Dillon Young, 20, released from University Hospital

UVALDE, TexasUpdated Tuesday at 12:13 p.m.:

Jack Dillon Young, 20, who authorities said was driving a pickup that crashed head-on into a church bus from New Braunfels, has been released from University Hospital, officials said.

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The 20-year-old man who officials said was driving the pickup that crashed head-on into a New Braunfels church bus, killing 13 members, was not wearing a seat belt, a federal official said.

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"It appears the driver of the pickup was not wearing his seat belt," Jennifer Morrison, investigator in charge with the National Transportation Safety Board, said at a news conference Monday in Uvalde.

Morrison said investigators have copies of cellphone video taken by witnesses of the driver, Jack Dillon Young, prior to the crash. She said the video will help determine the speed and lane deviations of the pickup.

A witness, Jody Kuchler, told The Associated Press on Friday that he was driving behind Young. Kuchler said Young was driving erratically prior to Wednesday's collision on U.S. Highway 83 near Concan.

Morrison said investigators are interviewing people who may know Young.

Video courtesy: Thania Sanchez

Toxicology samples and cellphone records were collection from both drivers and will be sent in for analysis, Morrison said.

She said airbags deployed for both vehicles.

NTSB investigators are expected to complete their investigation of the scene this week.

Morrison said a preliminary report will be released in about a month, but no probable cause will be included in the report.

She said it will take about a year for findings, including probable cause and recommendations to prevent future similar crashes, to be released.

Anyone who would like to provide information about the crash is asked to send an email to witness@ntsb.gov.


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