Jennifer Deleon Injured in Car Accident at Babcock and Eckhert in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- October 9, 2021, 25-year-old Jennifer Lynn Deleon was seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash on Babcock Road in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:05 a.m. on Babcock at Eckhert Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Nissan Altima was traveling north on Babcock when the driver began to make a left turn onto westbound Eckhert. The driver told investigators he had a green turn arrow when Deleon, in a second Altima, blew through the southbound red light and crashed into him. The impact pushed the first Altima backward into a Nissan Frontier behind it.
Jennifer Deleon suffered serious injuries in the collision. Reports indicate she was the only one hurt.
Investigators at the scene noted Deleon appeared to be intoxicated and took blood samples for toxicological testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jennifer Deleon Accident on Babcock Rd in San Antonio
If blood tests confirm intoxication was a contributing element in this crash, that may change how it's handled somewhat. Texas takes alcohol-related crashes very seriously, to the point of also holding the businesses that sell it responsible for over-serving their customers. Those violations are dealt with by dram shop law.
People aren't always aware of this area of the law even though it helps many who face similar situations. In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do so illegally and their customers go on to cause or suffer harm while under the influence, that business may be considered liable for those injuries--even when the victims are the drunk drivers themselves.
Too many reckless bars never face consequences because people don't know that DWI drivers aren't the only ones to look at after a crash like this. Over-service from alcohol providers creates dangerously-drunk drivers and dram shop law is how those businesses are punished for disregarding the law. Furthermore, it provides injured victims a way to confront those negligent bars and hold them responsible, securing both accountability and much-needed help at the same time. So will authorities look into that possibility here?