Five Injured, Alcohol Suspected when Car Hits Ambulance on Culebra Rd in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- February 22, 2021, five people were hospitalized after an accident involving a city ambulance at a San Antonio intersection.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. at the crossing of Culebra Road and Les Harrison Drive. Investigators say a driver attempted to turn at the intersection but struck a city ambulance with a patient inside, sending the ambulance over the median on Culebra and into a wrought iron fence.
Both EMS workers, the patient in the ambulance, and both occupants of the passenger car were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries described as "not serious."
SAPD is still investigating the crash, including whether the car's driver might have been intoxicated. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Ambulance Accident on Culebra Rd in San Antonio
Reports say police are investigating whether the car driver in San Antonio was under the influence of alcohol. If it's found to be a factor, that may require further investigation above and beyond the crash itself. When alcohol use contributes to injury or death in Texas, that can carry significant consequences of its own beyond punishment for the drunk driver. Under Texas dram shop law a business that sells or serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person may be legally responsible for any injuries that person causes or suffers.
Some may not understand the point behind dram shop law as long as drunk drivers themselves are caught and face consequences. However, it stands to reason that the people responsible for that drunkenness should also face justice for their role in the damage their customer does. The over-service the law seeks to stop with dram shop enforcement isn't the casual "one more beer for the road" kind, but more the "continue pouring shots for someone who clearly blacked out fifteen minutes ago" kind. Bars are legally required not to provide more alcohol to those customers, and yet many ignore their obligation to protect public safety and keep pouring. Because of their willingness to endanger both their customers and the public at large, these businesses should be held accountable and their victims should have the right to confront them in court.