• May 09, 2022

Pedestrian Killed in Police Car Accident on Commerce Street in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX -- March 5, 2022, one person was killed after an accident where a police vehicle hit a pedestrian along Commerce Street.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 8:30 p.m. along Commerce Street in the area of 39th Street.

According to officials, a 64-year-old man was walking on eastbound lanes of Commerce. There, a police vehicle hit the pedestrian, ultimately causing fatal injuries. In later reports, sources showed the victim had a .259 BAC after the crash.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Pedestrian, Police Car Accident on Commerce Street in San Antonio

It may not seem like it would matter much to say the victim was under the influence of alcohol beyond simply giving all the facts. With alcohol, though, things aren't really that simple. It's important that investigators determine through a reconstruction if the victim's intoxication is what ultimately led to the accident. If it was, where did that alcohol come from, and did a local establishment illegally over-serve the victim?

Pedestrian Police Car Accident Commerce 39th street San Antonio, TX

Texas has 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. I had a case not long ago, for example, in which a bowling alley recklessly over-served a man on a night out. The man then responsibly decided to walk home instead of driver, but he was so disoriented that he wandered onto a freeway where a car hit and killed him. Through dram shop law, that establishment would be liable for their role in his death.

Maybe nothing like that happened here, but the listed BAC here is over three times the legal limit. For most people, that's past the point of blacking out. Any business that helped a man get to that level of intoxication likely did so illegally. Shouldn't that be worth every step to ensure there are appropriate consequences for those actions?

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