Tenn. man charged in fatal church van crash

Tenn. man charged in fatal church van crash (Image 1)

SEYMOUR, Tenn. (AP) – A Sevier County grand jury has indicted a Seymour man in a church van crash that killed two people and injured others.

Investigators said 21-year-old Tyler James Schaeffer was apparently high on bath salts when his car hit a Cedar Grove Baptist Church van returning to Maryville from a trip on Sept. 16.

The crash killed 16-year-old Courteney Kaliszewski and the van driver, 45-year Jeffrey Trussell.

According to The Mountain Press, the indictment was returned this week, charging Schaeffer with vehicular homicide, reckless aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, DUI, and possession of drugs.

Schaeffer was jailed on an earlier charge when released from a hospital. There is no jail record of an attorney for him.

Troopers found a white powder in Schaeffer's car contained methylone.

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