Kiana Arredondo Killed, Joseph Hutzley Injured in Bexar County, TX Car Accident
UPDATE (May 18, 2022): Reports have identified the passenger injured in this crash as 26-year-old Joseph Hutzley.
Bexar County, TX -- March 18, 2022, 26-year-old Kiana Arredondo was killed and her passenger was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Loop 1604 in Bexar County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:55 a.m. on Loop 1604 near Dove Canyon. Preliminary investigation and witness statements suggest Arredondo was driving a GMC Terrain south on the Loop at high speeds when she lost control. The vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed through a guardrail, then traveled down an embankment. It crashed at the bottom and became fully engulfed.
Arredondo suffered fatal injuries in the accident. The GMC's 26-year-old passenger was rescued and pulled to a safe distance by bystanders.
Blood tests later indicated that Arredondo had a BAC of .19 at the time of the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Kiana Arredondo, Joseph Hutzley Accident on Loop 1604 in Bexar County
Tests seem to have confirmed that the woman killed in this accident was over the legal limit for intoxication at the time. Some may think there's little else to say about that because there can be no legal consequences, but they may not be aware that another party--one that too often gets away with its role in alcohol-related accidents--could be held accountable for her unfortunate loss of life and the injuries caused to her passenger.
Under Texas dram shop law an alcohol provider cannot sell or serve drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. Unfortunately many bars and other alcohol vendors do it all the time. When that happens and the customer causes or suffers injuries while under the influence, the law may consider the negligent business that over-served them liable for the damage done.
Not every DWI accident starts with a dram shop violation. Reports may say the driver was intoxicated but don't mention where she drank, and I don't have more information than they provide. However, it's important to learn that since dram violations endanger both the over-served customers and the public at large.
Despite the importance of finding law-breaking bars and stopping them, though, law enforcement rarely tries very hard to do so. If such an issue is suspected victims and families are often best served by independent investigations rather than waiting on police to handle things. With the evidence of over-service that those investigators uncover, many folks are able to hold negligent businesses responsible for the terrible and irreversible damage they helped cause.