Pedestrian Struck, Injured by Vehicle on Flores St in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- March 20, 2022, a 52-year-old pedestrian was struck and injured by a vehicle on Flores Street in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:10 a.m. on South Flores St near Beatrice Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests the pedestrian was waiting on the east side of Flores with two other pedestrians but began to cross despite their protests. She was in the southbound lanes of the roadway when she was hit by a Honda Civic that was traveling around 30mph. Reports and video footage from a nearby camera indicate the driver tried to swerve away from the impact but was unable to.
The pedestrian suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and was transported to an area hospital. Investigators noted a belief that she had been drinking alcohol prior to the accident.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Auto-Pedestrian Accident on Flores St in San Antonio
The possibility that alcohol was involved in this accident is definitely worth taking seriously--particularly if further investigation found the victim and her friends had just left a local bar.
Bars' contribution to serious accidents far too often goes overlooked. If they over-served a customer and that person then gets hurt or injures someone else while under the influence of alcohol, that may make the accident a matter for Texas dram shop law. Under dram shop law, a bar or other licensed alcohol vendor that keeps serving a customer they can tell is past her limits could be liable for the injuries she causes or suffers while impaired.
It's not clear whether a dram shop violation occurred here, but if evidence confirms that alcohol played a role then it should be learned where the victim drank (I can see at least one just a stone's throw from the South Flores/Beatrice intersection, for instance) before the damage was done. A business may need to learn a lesson about cutting patrons off and I doubt the victim would object to getting help as she recovers from her injuries.