New job, ride for teen driver who drove red truck through Texas tornado

The teenage driver who survived a tornado says he’s found a new job and a North Texas car dealership wants to give him a new truck.

The video of 16-year-old Riley Leon and his red truck has been viewed thousands of times since Monday’s Texas tornado in Elgin. Riley told FOX 7 he was returning home from a job interview at Whataburger.

A company spokesperson said Thursday it understood he had been hired at their Manor location, but was awaiting confirmation from their human resources department that he had been officially hired.

Riley told FOX 7 his red truck was transported by the family’s insurance company. He provided a photo of the truck before it was crushed by the storm and explained earlier that it was a personal loss.

“So it was family. That truck helped me and my dad get to where we are now. To see it’s gone brings a lot of tears to my eyes,” said Leon.

Along with the new job, Riley will get a new truck. Elgin Police Department officials told FOX 7 that a Fort Worth car dealership contacted them to contact Riley’s family. A statement was sent to FOX News and FOX 7 by Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet:

“Chevrolet, in conjunction with Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet of Fort Worth, TX, is donating a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT All Star Edition in Cherry Red to Riley Leon and his family after surviving a powerful tornado while driving. was driving his Silverado. We are grateful Riley is safe, commend his driving skills during a scary situation, and our hearts go out to the other families in Texas who have been impacted by these storms. Thanks to the prompt action of the Team Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet, the new truck will be presented to Riley and his family on Saturday, March 26 at the dealership.

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