DALLAS — A Texas man, not his 13-year-old son, was driving the pickup truck that crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a van carrying New Mexico school golfers, killing 9 individuals, and he had methamphetamine in his system, investigators mentioned Thursday.
The Nationwide Transportation Security Board had mentioned two days after the March 15 collision that its preliminary findings prompt that the 13-year-old was driving the pickup that struck the van carrying College of the Southwest college students and their coach again to New Mexico from a golf match.
However the NTSB mentioned Thursday that DNA testing confirmed that the daddy, 38-year-old Henrich Siemens, was driving and that toxicological testing confirmed the presence of methamphetamine in his blood.
Siemens and his son died within the crash together with six members of the lads’s and girls’s golf groups and their coach, who was driving the van, which was towing a cargo trailer.
The collision occurred at about eight:17 p.m. in Andrews County, which is about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of Texas’ border with New Mexico. Though it is a rural space, the roads there can typically be busy with visitors associated to agriculture and oil and gasoline improvement.
Within the days after the crash, the NTSB had mentioned that the truck’s left entrance tire blew earlier than impression. Nevertheless it mentioned Thursday that to this point, investigators have not discovered proof of a loss in tire strain or some other indicators that the tire failed.
The NTSB mentioned the street they had been touring on consisted of a northbound lane and southbound lane. Close to the crash website, the roadway was straight however there was no freeway lighting.
These killed within the van had been coach Tyler James, 26, of Hobbs, New Mexico; and gamers Mauricio Sanchez, 19, of Mexico; Travis Garcia, 19, of Pleasanton, Texas; Jackson Zinn, 22, of Westminster, Colorado; Karisa Raines, 21, of Fort Stockton, Texas; Laci Stone, 18, of Nocona, Texas; and Tiago Sousa, 18, of Portugal.
Two different college students aboard the van had been severely injured.
A lot of the college students had been freshman who had been getting their first style of life away from house on the personal Christian college with enrollment numbering within the a whole bunch. Those that knew James, the coach, mentioned it had been his aim to be a head coach, and he was excited to be there.
The crash was the newest tragedy for the Siemens household, who lived in Seminole, Texas, a rural group of round 7,500 individuals, a few of whom first relocated to the world within the 1970s with different Mennonite households who began farming and ranching operations. Group members had rallied round Siemens and his spouse months earlier when a fireplace that began within the kitchen destroyed the house the place that they had lived for a decade.
The crash continues to be being investigated to find out the possible trigger, the NTSB mentioned.