Family of bus crash victim pushing for state texting and driving ban in lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the driver of the pickup truck involved in the New Braunfels church bus crash.

The family of one New Braunfels church bus crash victim is pushing for a statewide texting while driving ban in a wrongful death lawsuit filed on Monday.

The family's attorney spoke to KENS 5 Tuesday.

Ross Allen, the son of Howard Bryan Allen, filed the lawsuit against the 20-year-old driver, Jack Dillion Young, and his father Joseph Benjamin Young.

Charlie Sullivan with Jones Sullivan Attorneys at Law is representing the Allen family.

"He wants the person held accountable both morally and financially as his father would," Sullivan said.
The lawsuit states that on the day of the crash, Jack was intoxicated after taking prescription medicine and smoking marijuana.

According to the lawsuit, Joseph Young was aware of his son's drug use and his texting and driving habits.

A DPS investigator said he found medications in the front seat of Young's truck, along with partially-smoked marijuana cigarettes.

Sullivan said there are so many unanswered questions.

"Why wouldn't the police dispatch quicker?" Sullivan asked. "Why wasn't something done about getting this driver off the road? Why would this doctor prescribe medication that he would prescribe? All of these things are going to be looked into."

Sullivan hopes state lawmakers are paying attention.

"One of the things that we would like to get out of this is for the house and the senate to take this seriously. Texting and driving is approaching the level of harm of drinking and driving." Sullivan said.
 

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