UPDATE: Rafael Lozano Killed in Alleged DWI Accident in San Antonio, TX
UPDATE (March 27, 2020): Authorities now identify the deceased victim as 21-year-old Rafael Lozano. He was ejected from the car and died at the scene. Reports also specified that a 20-year-old passenger had serious injuries in the crash. The condition of the driver, 22-year-old Madison Delozier, is unclear. Police allege that Delozier was drunk at the time of the crash, and they charged her for intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. Additional details are still under investigation.
San Antonio, TX -- March 24, 2020, one person was killed and another was hurt following an accident on Loop 1604 allegedly involving an intoxicated driver.
Investigators with the San Antonio Police Department that the crash happened at around 7:15 p.m. off Loop 1604 and Vance Jackson Road.
In their reports, officials said that a driver was traveling along the eastbound lanes of Loop 1604. That vehicle lost control, causing it to crashed.
A passenger in the vehicle was ejected from the vehicle. That person succumbed to fatal injuries. The driver had a serious arm injury that required surgery.
Police allege that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash. He now faces charges for intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.
These are some very serious allegations, and depending on certain factors, there could be even more to look into here. A lot of people think the driver is the only person who has to face consequences, but that might not be the case. If the intoxicant involved in this crash was alcohol, it's absolutely crucial to find out where that alcohol came from. Why is that?
In Texas, an alcohol provider may be liable for a crash if their over-service of alcohol contributes to the crash. This is called Dram Shop Law. Let's say, for example, that someone is intoxicated, and they come stumbling into a gas station to buy more alcohol. If that person is obviously intoxicated, then it would be illegal for the gas station to serve them. If they do anyway, and that person drinks more and gets themselves or others hurt, the victims and families affected may hold the gas station accountable through Dram Shop.
Sometimes people think it's uncouth to shift blame off of drunk drivers, but that's not why I bring this up. Dram Shop is important for two main reasons. For one, it's about accountability. Intoxicated drivers face consequences for their actions, so why shouldn't alcohol providers? By over-serving people, they put the community in danger. Especially when someone gets hurt, they need to answer for their actions.
Secondly, and just as important, Dram Shop offers an opportunity for victims and families to get much needed help after a devastating accident like this. Based on these reports, those involved probably need as much help as possible.