Robert Anthony Gutierrez Killed, 1 Injured in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident in San Antonio, TX
UPDATE (April 27, 2022): In recent reports, officials claim that BAC tests confirmed that the allegedly intoxicated driver was over the legal limit following the crash. Additional details about potential charges are currently unavailable.
UPDATE (April 4, 2022): Authorities allege that the driver facing charges is Anthony Lopez Fabian. They allege that Fabian had been at a bar prior to the accident. This and other factors are still under investigation.
San Antonio, TX -- March 13, 2022, Robert Anthony Gutierrez was killed and one person was injured due to an accident possibly including alcohol.
In their initial reports, officials said that the crash took place at around 1:55 a.m. along State Highway 151 in the area of Potranco Road.
Officials said that 27-year-old Robert Anthony Gutierrez was a passenger in a Toyota Corolla traveling westbound on Potranco. At Highway 151, reports said that a southbound Fort F-250 disregarded the light and crashed into the Toyota.
Due to the collision, Gutierrez sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the Toyota reportedly had incapacitating injuries. Following the crash, authorities say they found the pickup driver to allegedly be under the influence of alcohol. Charges of intoxication manslaughter were mentioned in reports. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Robert Anthony Gutierrez Car Accident in San Antonio
These are obviously some serious allegations, and it's important to ensure there are thorough investigations into whether or not alcohol truly was a factor here. If it was, folks generally understand what that can mean for the allegedly drunk driver. But what about the victims and families whose lives were turned upside down by all of this? Is seeing someone potentially put behind bars their only recourse? Well, that depends on whether or not this all happened due to a local establishment over-serving someone and contributing to the crash.
Texas dram shop law says bars and other venues can be liable for a crash caused by someone they over-served. If a patron is obviously intoxicated and showing a clear danger to themselves and others due to their intoxication, serving them is outright reckless. So why should victims bear all the burdens and drivers face all the consequences while a business that benefited off of the whole ordeal continues on like nothing ever happened?
Dram shop gives people the tools to make things as right as possible and to ensure all responsible parties face the appropriate consequences. Perhaps that's not what led to this tragic event, but it often takes more thorough independent investigations to ensure folks get the full story. Considering more recent reports allege there was a bar involved at some point in the night, it would be irresponsible not to ensure there were investigations into the potential role that business played in these tragic events.