Many people in Texas are probably wondering what type of text message could be so urgent that a driver couldn't wait until he or she was safely removed from traffic before sending it. For whatever reason, a pickup driver in a rural town about 75 miles away from San Antonio apparently chose to send his text message while he was still behind the wheel in moving traffic. He now likely knows what a poor decision that was as 13 people are dead, and several others injured, after he was involved in a fatal vehicle accident with a church bus.
A witness to the horrific event said he had noticed the 20-year-old driver veering all over the road. A few times, he saw the driver cross the center line of traffic. The concerned witness actually called authorities to report the erratic driving.
Sadly, the fatal crash occurred before anyone could do anything about it. The incident occurred on a bend in the road where the posted speed limit is 65 mph. The church bus was full of people returning home after a three-day retreat. Sadly, many of them never reached their destinations.
An officer arriving at the scene reportedly asked the young man if he realized what he had just done. Reportedly, the driver repeatedly said how sorry he was and explained that he was texting at the time of the collision. This fatal vehicle accident (and many others in Texas) needn't have occurred. Devastated loved ones surviving victims of such tragedies can seek justice by requesting assistance from experienced personal injury attorneys to file wrongful death claims in civil court.
Source: newsday.com, "Witness: Driver in Texas crash admitted texting while driving", April 1, 2017