Brooke Nava, Ana Gonzalez Injured by DUI Driver in San Antonio, TX Accident
San Antonio, TX -- On June 2, 2019, 22-year-olds Ana Gonzalez and Brooke Nava were injured by an intoxicated driver in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:00 p.m. on Northwest Loop 410 at the Callaghan Road exit. Nava was attempting to exit the Loop in a Kia Rio when a Mazda CX-7 driven by 37-year-old Charles Stinson attempted to cross from the center lanes of the eastbound Loop to exit as well. The Mazda struck a barrier at the exit ramp's end and spun into the ramp, where Nava's vehicle then collided with its driver's side.
Nava and Gonzalez were both transported to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Stinson was subjected to a blood draw at the hospital, which showed he had a .149 BAC at the time of the crash.
Investigating officers wrote in their report that Stinson was almost twice the legal limit for alcohol intoxication at the time of the crash.
Given the officer's findings, they should also look into where he was drinking before he got behind the wheel and wrecked on the Loop. Some may wonder why that would be an important detail to look into, but Texas law may also lay some of the responsibility on any establishment that helped Stinson get that drunk.
Under Texas Dram Shop Law, a licensed alcohol provider that over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable if that person then hurts or kills someone--even himself--as a result of his intoxication. Just as drunk drivers put the community in danger, so too do the bars who provide them with enough alcohol to make them forget how to drive properly. When investigations find that a bar contributed to someone's injuries or death in this fashion, injured victims or the families of those killed deserve an opportunity to confront the bar that kept refilling the driver's glass.