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Driver indicted in deadly church van crash on Chapman highway

SEVIER CO., Tenn (WVLT) -- Tyler Schaeffer, the driver involved in a deadly crash on Chapman highway, has been indicted by the Sevier County Grand Jury.

According to the Sevier County DA's office, Schaeffer is charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, DUI, and several drug charges.

He's accused of being behind the wheel of the car that hit the Cedar Grove Baptist church van head on in September, killing Courteney Kaliszewski and Jeff Trussell.

Schaeffer is being held in the Sevier County jail on a $2 million bond. He'll be in court December 3rd.

Pastor Bob Lynch told Local 8 News he plans to be in court.

"I just want to make sure that he stands in front of the judge, infront of the court and know that something is going to be happening to him. He's not going to be able to have the freedom that he's taken away from two people," he said.

Pastor Lynch and the victims' families hopes this will bring them one step closer to closure.

The families of victims in a deadly church van crash in Sevier County on Chapman Highway, have filed a $10 million lawsuit against the man who crossed the line and hit the van.


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