UPDATE: Isaiah Dav, Adelia Rodriguez Injured in Car Accident on North Frio St in San Antonio, TX
UPDATE (April 21, 2022): Sources have identified the victims and the driver involved in the crash. They said the two people injured in the Toyota were Isaiah Joel Dav and Adelia Rodriguez. Officials said the driver of the car was David Christopher Deleon. Allegations of drunk driving are still unconfirmed.
San Antonio, TX -- April 1, 2022, two people were hospitalized after a suspected DWI driver crashed his vehicle on North Frio Street near downtown San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:20 p.m. at North Frio and North Medina streets. Preliminary investigation suggests a man in a Toyota Camry was traveling north on Frio when he crashed into a southbound police vehicle. The Camry driver then fled the scene northward, seen by another police officer driving at high speeds through a red light and cutting into the southbound lanes to pass northbound traffic.
When the car passed through an intersection at West Martin Street the driver lost control and drove onto the sidewalk. The car hit a metal pole, spun out and lost a tire, and hit a second pole before flipping onto its roof. It then slid some distance further before coming to rest at the Median intersection.
One passenger in the Camry was ejected during the crash and was taken to an area hospital where she was listed in stable condition. A second passenger was transported to another hospital in critical condition.
Reports say the Camry driver was found to be intoxicated at the time of the crash and was arrested on potential intoxication assault charges.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Isaiah Dav, Adelia Rodriguez Car Crash in San Antonio
It looks like police think alcohol consumption was a big part of this crash. Just because they suspect it doesn't necessarily make it true, of course, but if they find evidence that intoxication really played a major part in what happened then the people hurt in that crash should be aware of Texas dram shop law.
Essentially dram shop law says that a licensed alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages that person causes while intoxicated. That means bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other establishments can be held legally accountable when they keep selling drinks to customers who then get in accidents like the one in San Antonio. Not only does dram shop law help victims get back on their feet after such harmful experiences, it's also a way to punish negligent alcohol providers and keep them from putting communities in further danger.
Despite how useful many people have found dram shop law to be, police rarely look into whether a bar or other business violated it. If that's suspected they're probably better off with an independent investigation. With the right help victims can obtain receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence that proves a bar's staff negligently over-served someone that hurt them while under the influence. It's only right that a business that caused such damage be held properly accountable.