Stephen Tiner, One Other Injured in Wrong-Way Crash on I-37 in Atascosa County, TX
Atascosa County, TX -- April 29, 2022, 30-year-old Stephen Tiner and another person were seriously injured in a collision on Interstate 37 in Atascosa County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on I-37 near mile marker 114. Preliminary investigation suggests Tiner was driving a Ford F-150 pickup north in the southbound roadway, against traffic when he collided head-on with a southbound Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. After the impact both vehicles rebounded; the Ford spun away and came to rest on the shoulder and the van rolled onto its driver side in the median.
Both drivers received serious injuries in the crash and were taken to area hospitals. Tiner's treatment records showed he had a blood-alcohol concentration of .204 an hour and a half after the wreck, suggesting he was intoxicated at the time of the collision.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Stephen Tiner Accident on I-37 in Atascosa County
Tests seem to have confirmed that the wrong-way driver in this accident was significantly over the legal limit for intoxication at the time. Some may think there's little else to say about that aside from some related charges, 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 as well for the victim's injuries and those dealt to the alleged drunk driver himself.
Under Texas dram shop law an alcohol provider that sells drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer is breaking the law. When that happens and their intoxicated customer causes or suffers injuries, the law may hold the negligent business (a bar, restaurant, club, store, etc) that over-served them liable for those injuries.
To be clear, not every DWI accident begins with a dram shop violation. Reports had nothing to say about where the wrong-way driver drank, and I'm making no accusations or assumptions. However, given the crash happened just half an hour after closing time it seems like an important detail to verify in case a reckless bar endangered both their over-served customer and the public at large.
Despite the importance of stopping those businesses' negligence, though, law enforcement rarely does much about it. People hurt by DWI crashes often have to conduct independent investigations instead of waiting for police to take action. With the evidence of over-service that independent experts uncover on their behalf, many folks are able to hold bad bars responsible for the damage they helped cause.