Irma Lozano Killed in Alleged Intoxicated Driver Accident in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- May 11, 2022, Irma Lozano was killed after an accident where an allegedly intoxicated driver struck Lozano.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 10:40 a.m. along Viva Max Drive at Oak Hill Drive.
According to officials, 78-year-old Irma Lozano was walking with her son and their dogs at the time. While she spoke with a neighbor, a vehicle on Oak Hill reportedly lost control, hopped the curb, and struck Lozano. That vehicle then went across a yard and hit a tree.
Due to the collision, Lozano succumbed to fatal injuries. Police arrested the driver for allegations of intoxication manslaughter. No further details about the crash can be confirmed at this time.
Commentary on Irma Lozano Alleged Intoxicated Driver Accident in San Antonio
This is just beyond tragic, and the serious allegations here make my blood boil. Despite helping hundreds of families after encounters with intoxicated driving, it never gets easier to see and hear how badly this issue affects people in our state. For that reason, I feel compelled to share my knowledge with the public, as there can often be unique challenges surrounding accidents like this the authorities don't often address on their own. Those issues have to do with who all is actually accountable in a situation like this. The driver alone may not be the only person needing to answer for their actions.
That may sound unusual, but it has to do with dram shop law. Put simply, strong>dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Whether that's a bar, liquor store, brunch spot, or even a grocery store, businesses have a responsibility to their community to avoid serving people who are a clear danger to themselves and others. Accidents like this don't always involve such businesses, but shouldn't steps always be taken to ensure people are held accountable for their mistakes, especially if those mistakes cost someone their life?
I can't say I know anything more about this devastating event than what's in the news. It's also not my place to speak on whether or not the allegations here are true. My concern is simply that there's a family out there that deserves as many answers and as much help as they can get. If authorities simply charge someone without truly considering all of the events leading up to the accident, they may only be getting that family a small piece of the larger picture. More thorough independent investigations may prove more fruitful to getting them the resolution they deserve.