With people increasingly hooked on their mobile phones, the sight of a texting driver is now quite common. People seem to forget that driving a vehicle requires great care and concentration.
Next to a drunk driver, a texting driver is probably the most hated cause of road accidents. This has been proven in so many road accidents all over the world. However, the accident that happened in the town of Concan, Texas appears to be the most horrifying.
These witnesses tried to prevent the accident.
The sun was out when 20-year-old Jack Dillon Young was driving his white pickup truck along a two-lane road. There weren’t too many vehicles on the road. Another driver who was right behind him felt alarmed when the pickup truck moved erratically.
The concerned driver was a 55-year-old man named Jody Kuchler. He was in his vehicle with his girlfriend. He noted that the truck had crossed the center line several times while he followed it.
Watch the pickup truck’s crazy journey right before the crash.
Kuchler said he was so alarmed by how the pickup truck was moving that he asked his girlfriend to start recording a video of it with her phone. They also got in touch with law enforcement official to report the pickup truck. Kuchler’s call to the authorities was recorded.
“He’s going to hit somebody head on or he’s going to kill his own damn self. Somebody needs to get this guy off the road. He’s going like 80 miles an hour right now.”
Unfortunately, no action was taken on Kuchler’s complaint. He was told that there were issues about jurisdiction as the pickup truck was on the move and had already crossed the demarcation line into another county.
Needless to say, Kuchler was frustrated. At that point, his girlfriend stopped recording the video.
The pickup truck was clearly speeding.
As it turns out, the accident happened just moments after Kuchler reported the pickup truck. It was later revealed that other drivers who had encountered the pickup truck had also reported it.
Kuchler and his girlfriend could only watch in horror as the pickup truck crashed head-on into a van. Kuchler recalled,
“The noise of the crash was very loud and everything was in slow motion.”
The witness said the pickup driver didn't seem immediately remorseful.
Kuchler immediately stopped his vehicle and ran up to the vehicles. He saw that Young was injured but alive. The pickup driver was saying, “I’m sorry…I’m sorry…I was texting.”
The van had 14 passengers on board — 12 died on the scene, while one passed away while undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital.
Seat belts failed to save the victims as the crash impact was staggering.
NY Daily News identified the victims as the following: Howard Allen, 81; Rhonda Allen, 61; Avis Banks, 83; Harold Barber, 87; Margaret Barber, 82; Donna Hawkins, 69; Cristie Moore, 68; Mildred Rosamond, 87; Addie Schmeltekopf, 84; Sue Tysdal, 76; Dorothy Vulliet, 84; and Martha Walker, 84.
The senior citizens were all from the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas. They were returning from a three-day retreat at the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment, which is just nine miles from the crash site.
The tragic road crash should prompt stricter laws on texting while driving.
The National Transportation Safety Board is set to conduct a probe on the accident. They will then determine the charges to be filed against Young. For the record, the state of Texas doesn’t ban texting while driving.
Both Young and the lone survivor from the van are in the hospital. They are said to be in stable condition.