One Injured in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident on Santa Rosa in San Antonio, TX; Rosendo Rosales Jr. Charged
San Antonio, TX -- September 20, 2021, one person sustained injuries following an accident where an allegedly drunk driver crashed on Santa Rosa Street.
Preliminary reports indicated that the accident took place just before 11:00 p.m. along Santa Rosa Street at Dolorosa.
Investigators said that a 33-year-old woman was in a Chevy pickup traveling eastbound along Dolorosa. At Santa Rosa, police said that a southbound Ford Ranger disregarded the red light and crashed with the Chevy.
Due to the collision, the Chevy driver had incapacitating injuries. Authorities allege that the Ford driver, identified as Rosendo Rosales Jr., was under the influence of alcohol. Authorities charged Rosales with intoxication assault. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Rosendo Rosales Jr. Alleged DWI Accident in San Antonio
These are certainly serious allegations, but the positive appears to be that an allegedly drunk driver will get their opportunity to address the allegations against them. However, as usual, my thoughts turn toward the people hurt in these crashes. So what exactly do charges do for the victims and families? Well, they can certainly be good for closure, but they don't do all that much considering the injuries victims and families have to deal with after a serious drunk driving crash. That's why it's important to understand alternative avenues that Texas law may provide.
For example, Texas has something called Dram Shop Law. If a bar serves someone who is obviously already intoxicated, that establishment is breaking the law. They can then be held liable if their over-service contributes to someone's injuries. So not only can Dram Shop get people the help they need, it can ensure a negligent business putting the community in danger faces the appropriate consequences.
So why is it that authorities rarely talk about Dram Shop? I can't begin to count how many times a negligent business came across my radar only through independent investigations rather than from the authorities. Could it be this is another such situation? At the very least, someone in need of assistance should know that they're getting the full story. Taking steps to get them the answers they deserve as soon as possible would no doubt be prudent here.