Drugged Driver Responsible for Church Van Accident Faces Charges, Lawsuits

Back in September, we wrote two blogs about a fatal car accident involving a drugged driver and a church van from Cedar Grove filled with teens returning from a spiritual retreat. The driver of an SUV drifted across the dividing line and crashed into the van, killing a 16-year-old girl and the youth director.

Now, 21-year-old Tyler Schaeffer has received his citations. He received 36 charges that include drug possession and homicide. We noted earlier that police found a “suspicious substance” in his vehicle. It turned out to be methylone, a substance with effects similar to ecstasy. The substance is used in bath salts.

His charges include:

  • Reckless aggravated assault
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Reckless vehicular homicide
  • Driving under the influence
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of a synthetic derivative

Additionally, the deceased’s family members filed wrongful death lawsuits against Schaeffer that total $20 million. If found guilty of these charges, he will not be allowed to drive unless he pays all the damages. Family members said they hope he never drives a car again.

“We’re very disturbed that he was impaired apparently, and we’d like to see justice done,” said Cedar Grove pastor Bob Lynch. “Two people were killed and others were injured very seriously in it.”

The victims’ friends and family members have a right to seek justice against a man who made bad decisions that killed innocent people. If a car or truck accident killed a loved one, give us a call at (615) 845-6141. At no charge, we can discuss your case and help you figure out your best options. Visit our site to learn more about your rights in a Nashville car accident.

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