Three Injured in Rollover Accident on Applewhite Rd in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- March 16, 2022, three people were injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Applewhite Road in Far South San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened just before midnight along Applewhite Road near Lonestar Pass and the Toyota factory. Preliminary investigation suggests that a Toyota Yaris was traveling south on the roadway when the driver lost control and hit a nearby curb. The vehicle overturned and crashed.
The car's driver and front passenger were critically injured in the crash and were rushed to an area hospital. Two teens in the vehicle received non-life-threatening injuries.
Police had trouble identifying which of the vehicle's four occupants was driving at the time of the wreck, but reportedly found evidence at the crash site suggesting intoxication might have been a factor.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Rollover Accident on Applewhite Rd in San Antonio
If clear evidence that alcohol consumption was involved here as police suspect, another party--one often overlooked after these accidents--may need to face consequences for its role.
Texas dram shop law says alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages they cause or suffer while under the influence. This law helps injuries victims of DWI crashes seek much-needed help with their recovery. Moreover, it makes sure offending bars and stores face consequences for reckless over-service.
Not every DWI accident involves a dram violation and most bars follow the rules, but the ones who don't endanger their customers and the greater public. Like anyone else who puts others' safety at risk, those businesses should be held accountable.
With that said, though, impairment is only a theory at this point and likely needs more proof than police found at the scene that led to their suspicions. In the meantime, they shouldn't fixate so much on impairment that they neglect other possibilities. The car could simply have lost control on a wet roadway, had a mechanical or brake failure, or blown a tire. The driver also could have experienced some kind of medical episode that took away her control, or another vehicle might have cut her off and made her swerve and overturn. There are abundant explanations besides alcohol, and they all deserve careful consideration.
If intoxication turns out to have caused the wreck, though, does that mean law enforcement will trace the alcohol back to its source? Not likely. Police don't often look for dram shop violations despite how important it is to put an end to that dangerous misbehavior. It's often best to work with independent investigators if such a violation is suspected. Drunk drivers face harsh penalties so it seems only fair that the businesses who get them that way face the music as well.