Claire Z. Cardona, Dallas News, October 17, 2018

A driver’s marijuana and prescription sedative use led to the head-on crash that killed 13 people on a church bus last year, the National Transportation Safety Board determined …

Toxicology test showed Jack Dillon Young had marijuana and clonazepam, a sedative used to treat seizure and panic disorders, in his system. Young also said he took twice the prescribed dosage before the March 29, 2017, crash, according to a summary of the NTSB report.

Young’s truck crossed into on U.S. Highway 83 … and slammed into the bus carrying members of First Baptist New Braunfels.

Unsmoked and partially smoked marijuana cigarettes, drug paraphernalia and prescription and over-the-counter medication were found in Young’s truck.

A witness recorded a 14-minute long video that showed the truck crossing over the solid white shoulder line 37 times, going over the double-yellow centerline 19 times, and at one point driving completely on the wrong side of the road, a preliminary report stated.

Young, who was 20 at the time, has pleaded no contest to intoxication assault and 13 counts of intoxication manslaughter. He faces up to 270 years in prison at his sentencing, which is scheduled for November.


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