• May 13, 2022

Two Killed in Auto Accident on TX-188 in San Patricio County, TX

San Patricio County, TX -- May 12, 2022, two people were killed in a traffic collision on State Highway 188 in San Patricio County.

Authorities say the incident happened Thursday morning along TX-188 at Farm to Market Road 796 between Sinton and Mathis. Preliminary investigation suggests a GMC C1500 pickup and a Ram 2500 pickup crashed in the TX-188/FM 796 intersection when the northbound GMC allegedly ran a stop sign. Both trucks ran off the northeast corner of the crossroads; the GMC overturned and rolled and the Ram spun out.

Both the GMC pickup's occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. The Ram driver was allegedly unhurt.

Blood tests later showed the GMC driver had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .184.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on San Patricio County Accident on TX-188

Reports say the northbound driver who lost his life was intoxicated by alcohol and possibly by drugs as well. I say that with no judgment, but since there's evidence that he may not have been in his right mind that may mean there's more to investigate. For one thing, it's important to find out where his alcohol came from.

Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the injuries their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer while under the influence. Not every DWI crash starts with a law-breaking bar, but finding out where the drinks came from is an important and often-neglected step when ensuring families get justice for their loss.

Two Killed in Auto Accident on TX-188 in San Patricio County, TX

I'm not saying I know of a particular business that over-served the driver here, but it seems like an important detail to work out in case a business is illegally endangering their customers and community. So will the police look into that? Unfortunately, probably not. After these crashes they rarely look past the drivers to where they drank, so if a dram violation is suspected it's usually best to seek help elsewhere from people who know how to get the needed proof. With that in hand many victims and families have held bad businesses accountable for the devastating damage they helped cause.

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