Driver accused of killing 13 in church bus crash once again under arrest

Hill Country
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UVALDE, Texas (KXAN) — The 21-year-old man accused of causing a crash that killed 13 people in a church bus traveling through the Hill Country last year has been arrested again for violating the conditions of his pre-trial release, a representative for the Uvalde County Jail said.

Jack Dillon Young was arrested on July 12 in Uvalde County, more than a year after the crash involving a bus with members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels on March 29, 2017.

Young, who was driving a pickup truck on US 83, was seen on cellphone video swerving into oncoming traffic and into the shoulder of the rural 2-lane highway repeatedly for 14 minutes before the crash, just north of the town of Concan.

He was one of two survivors, along with a passenger of the church bus.

The details of Young’s alleged violations were not immediately available. Bond has yet to be set.

His first bond violation came on May 3, when he tested positive for THC, the mind-altering chemical in marijuana, court documents showed. His $380,000 bond was increased by $30,000 as a result. 

Young was placed on the pre-trial release program on Aug. 31, 2017, after pleading not guilty to numerous charges, including intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assault and assault with a deadly weapon. 

In May 2018, Young pleaded no contest to the charges and waived his right to a jury trial, with his sentencing phase scheduled to start on Nov. 7. 

Young told investigators he took prescription medications prior to the crash, including clonazepam and the generic forms of Lexapro and Ambien. The medications, as well as marijuana, were found in the pickup truck at the scene of the crash, authorities said.

A report from the National Transportation Safety Board stated Young was looking at his phone for a text message when the crash happened. 

He faces up to 270 years in prison. 

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