Julio Casas Jr., Cameron Casas, 1 Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- January 7, 2022, Julio Casas Jr., Cameron Casas, and another person were injured after an accident allegedly involving alcohol.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 10:42 p.m. along Vance Jackson Road at Loop 410.
Officials said that 50-year-old Julio Casas Jr. and 23-year-old Cameron Casas were in a vehicle traveling southeast along Vance Jackson. At the Loop 410 service road, police said a northeast GMC Yukon may have disregarded a red light and crashed into the Casas' vehicle.
Due to the crash, 50-year-old Julio Casas had incapacitating injuries while Cameron Casas was possibly injured. A passenger in the GMC had non-incapacitating injuries. Police allege that the GMC driver was under the influence of alcohol and faces a charge for intoxication assault.
Commentary on Julio Casas Jr., Cameron Casas Alleged DWI Accident in San Antonio
While it would appear there will be legal consequences for someone allegedly driving drunk and causing a wreck, there may be more to this story the victims and families need to know about. Anything alcohol contributes to a crash, steps must be taken to find out where that alcohol came from.
This is due to dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Put simply, if a business breaks the law, and people get hurt as a result, why should they be let off the hook? Because there's a drunk driver to charge? Our laws are nuanced enough to recognize that all parties can be held accountable for their own role in the accident.
Dram shop giving victims and families the tools to confront those alcohol providers and get the help they need is also an effective tool for holding accountable a business that authorities too often let slip through the cracks. Maybe nothing like that happened here, but were there investigations thorough enough to say that for certain?