Grace Elizabeth Scott, 2 Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- July 3, 2021, Grace Elizabeth Scott and two others were injured due to an accident which allegedly involved alcohol.
Investigators reported that the accident happened at around 10:02 p.m. along Broadway near Brackenridge Avenue.
In their reports, officials said that 22-year-old Grace Elizabeth Scott was in a Ford Escape which was northbound in the southbound lanes of Broadway. That vehicle reportedly crashed head-on into a Toyota Camry.
Due to the crash, Scott and the driver of the Ford had incapacitating injuries. The driver of the Toyota had reportedly non-incapacitating injuries. Police allege that the Ford driver was under the influence of alcohol and charged the driver with intoxication assault.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Grace Elizabeth Scott Alleged DWI Accident in San Antonio
These are some serious reports, and if it's true someone was under the influence of alcohol and on the wrong side of the road, it should come as no surprise that there would be consequences for that. But is there more to it than just a driver being under the influence of alcohol? In Texas, a nuanced investigation will also consider where that alcohol came from. Why is that important?
In Texas, it's illegal for bars and other establishments to over-serve people who are obviously intoxicated. If someone is already drunk and shows a clear danger to themselves and others, it's illegal to continue serving them alcohol. Bars that do so can then be liable for accidents resulting from that person's intoxication since they contributed to that danger. This applies to all kinds of businesses--restaurants, liquor stores, gas stations, etc.
Put another way, our law generally seeks to ensure people are held responsible when their actions cause harm. If a local establishment is serving people to the point they get on the wrong side of the road, is that no big deal? Do they get to continue business as usual? Or should there be consequences to make them clean up their act while also getting victims and families some much needed help?
That's why Dram Shop exists. Even when the authorities don't take steps beyond charging an allegedly drunk driver, there are still tools available to make sure folks get assistance in their time of need and for negligent businesses to be held accountable for their actions. Are steps being taken to look into that possibility here?