14 Felony Indictments Issued in FBC New Braunfels Bus Crash

First Baptist Church in New Braunfels

First Baptist Church in New Braunfels

A grand jury in Uvalde County has handed down fourteen felony indictments against the man who drove his pickup into the path of a First Baptist Church of Uvalde bus on Highway 83 near Garner State Park in March, killing 13 people on the bus and badly hurting a 14th passenger, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Uvalde County District Attorney Daniel Kindred tells News Radio 1200 WOAI  Jack Young, 20, of Leakey is facing some serious charges.

"13 indictments for intoxication manslaughter and manslaughter, a 14th indictment for intoxication assault and assault for a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury."

Kindred says those indictments could land Young in prison for the rest of his life.

"Intoxication manslaughter is a second degree felony, exposure is 2-20 years, intoxication assault is a third degree felony, 2-10, the agg assault is a second degree exposure, 2-20," he said.

Young has surrendered and is held on bonds totalling $380,000 bond.Kindred says if he should make bond, he will have a number of restrictions on his life while he is awaiting trial.

"There's also further conditions of pre trial release that were imposed by the district judge, to include ignition interlock, GPS monitoring, weekly urinalysis tests, and a 7PM to 7AM curfew," he said.

The grand jury heard evidence from the DPS and the National Transportation Safety Administration that, at the time of the wreck, Young had been taking three different prescription drugs, including the sleep enhancer Ambien, and there was marijuana in his truck.

Young was also texting at the time.

The NTSB found that Young's pickup crossed the center line 39 times and actually entered the oncoming lane more than a dozen times in the minutes before the crash.

In addition to the criminal charges, a $1 million lawsuit has been filed against Young and against his father, who is the owner of the pickup, by a relative of one of the people who died in the wreck.

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