Lawsuit filed in fatal church bus crash

April 18, 2017 GMT

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Monday in Uvalde County against Jack D. Young, who authorities said caused the March 29 crash there that killed 13 congregants of a New Braunfels church.

The suit names Young, 20, and his father, Joseph B. Young and seeks $1 million in damages. Brought by Ross Allen, a son of crash victim Howard B. Allen, it accuses Jack D. Young of gross negligence for allegedly smoking marijuana, texting while driving, consuming prescription pills and failing to maintain control of the pickup he was driving when the head-on collision on U.S. 83 occurred.

“His conduct involved an extreme degree of risk and he had actual, subjective awareness of the risk involved, but nevertheless proceeded with conscious indifference to the rights, safety and welfare of others,” said the lawsuit petition drafted by attorneys Charlies Sullivan of Canyon Lake and Jeff Seely of Houston.


Sullivan said Ross Allen, a resident of Fischer in Comal County, is slated to be named executor of the estate of his father, a widower, who has two other surviving children.

The suit accuses Joseph “Ben” Young, the owner of the 2007 Dodge pickup, of negligence for allowing his son to drive the vehicle, which is misidentified in the lawsuit petition as a Chevrolet truck.

“He was aware of his son’s prescription drug and marijuana use. He was also aware of his propensity to text while driving,” the suit claims.

The Youngs, residents of Leakey, have declined requests for comment since the crash. No charges have been filed against Jack D. Young, who witnesses said admitted texting while driving immediately after the crash.