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Drug-impaired driving led to the March 29, 2017, crash near Concan, in which 13 elderly church people from New Braunfels perished, according to a federal traffic safety agency.
“The probable cause of the Concan, Texas, crash was the failure of the pickup truck driver to control his vehicle due to impairment stemming from his use of marijuana in combination with misuse of a prescribed medication, clonazepam,” read a summary of findings released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The fatal accident north of Uvalde occurred after a large pickup driven by Jack D. Young of Leakey veered across the centerline of U.S. 83 and collided with the southbound small church van.
In June, Young, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault, without reaching any agreement with prosecutors on his punishment. He remains free on bond.
He faces up to 270 years in prison according to Uvalde County District Attorney Daniel Kindred. He will be sentenced Nov. 7 by state District Judge Camile Dubose in Uvalde.
The sentencing hearing, which will include testimony and the presentation of evidence by both the state and Young’s lawyer, is expected to take several days.
For more about the NTSB findings, go to ExpressNews.com.
John MacCormack is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | JMacCormack@express-news.net | Twitter: @JohnMacCormack