A white Dodge pickup truck crashed into a church bus and killed 13 people. People couldn’t explain how it happened. Then a chilling video appears that shows what really happened moments before the tragic crash. This terrible tragedy could have been prevented. This is one of those selfless crimes that didn’t have to happen.
A witness named Jody Kuchler, 55, recorded a horrifying video of the truck driver swerving non-stop into oncoming traffic, recklessly out of his lane, and all over the place at speeds up to 80 miles per hour.
Kuchler safely followed and recorded about 20 minutes of video, showing the truck driver, a year old named Dillon Young, nearly cause several other accidents before smashing into the church bus and killing 13 people.
Kuchler tried to prevent it, but there was nothing further that he could do. He called it in. He followed and kept an eye on the erratic driver, but the nightmare still ensued.
13 people were lost because of one thing the horrible driver kept doing right before the crash.
He kept going off the road and over into incoming traffic,’ Kuchler told KENS5. ‘There was a couple of cars and trucks that actually got off on the shoulder.’
Audio of calls obtained by KSAT reveals how Kuchler tried to alert authorities about the driver’s behavior.
‘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,’ the witness can be heard saying.
‘He’s going like 80 miles an hour right now,’ he later added.
The witness told KENS5 that authorities in neighboring Real County had declined to send help because the truck, which was approaching Real County, was still in Uvalde County.
‘His response was, “It’s not in Real County,” Kuchler said, recounting the conversation.
The audio published by KSAT includes a conversation with a dispatcher at the Real County sheriff’s office saying, ‘That’s going to be Uvalde County, Sir.’
A frustrated Kuchler can be heard replying and highlighting the urgency of the situation, saying the driver was ‘all over the road’.
When Kuchler called 911 to report the erratic driver, it seems like they gave him a hard time on the phone. Could this accident have been prevented if they dispatched authorities to slow the truck driver? Perhaps. No one can know for certain.
What we do know is that eventually the man drove his truck into a church bus and many lives were lost. When authorities finally arrived at the gruesome scene and apprehended the suspect, they finally realized what really happened to cause this terrible accident.
The man was texting and driving.
He was texting and driving, almost caused multiple accidents, and finally crashed into something that caused a startling number of fatalities. He will probably get a very long jail sentence, but that won’t ever make up for the loss that he caused to all those families.
One horribly preventable and senseless act caused a absurdly immense world of hurt that can’t be forgotten.