• June 10, 2022

Isidro Nieto Injured in Four-Vehicle Accident on Guadalupe St in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX — May 27, 2022, 61-year-old Isidro Nieto was seriously injured in a four-vehicle accident caused by an alleged DWI driver in San Antonio.

According to reports the incident happened around 11:10 p.m. on Guadalupe Street near Brazos Street. Preliminary investigation and witness statements suggest 59-year-old Ruben Espinoza was driving a Chevy Corvette west on Guadalupe when he lost control for unknown reasons.

The Corvette fishtailed on the road and crashed into the back of a Toyota Camry. The Corvette driver then over-corrected and swerved into the oncoming lane where he crashed head-on with Nieto's Kia Soul. After the impact the Kia spun around and collided with a GMC Envoy that was traveling east behind it.

Nieto suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Corvette driver was reportedly hurt but refused transport from the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Investigators suspected the Chevy driver of being intoxicated and arrested him. Blood samples were collected for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Isidro Nieto Accident on Guadalupe St in San Antonio

It's obviously serious any time police say alcohol was a factor, but I'm not here preach about the perils of drunk driving or wag a judgmental finger. I think most would agree it's more helpful to look at ways to help the person seriously hurt in the wreck.

In order to do that it's important to look more carefully at the details of the accident, including where the alleged DWI driver's alcohol came from that night. Why is that detail important? Because of Texas dram shop law.

Isidro Nieto Injured in Four-Vehicle Accident on Guadalupe St in San Antonio, TX

Dram shop law basically says that an alcohol provider (bar, restaurant, store, etc) who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages caused by their intoxication. If the Corvette driver drank at a bar, for example, investigators could learn that its staff continued to serve him even though it was clear he was past his limits. If they kept serving that obviously intoxicated customer and he caused injuries while under the influence, dram shop law allows the crash victim to hold the business accountable for its contribution to his injuries.

Blood tests have yet to conclusively say whether or not this was really a DWI accident, but if they're right then the alcohol provider should also be identified. Unfortunately police are rarely thorough enough to find out who served the hooch. It's important to learn that after a crash like this to ensure the right parties are held accountable. If businesses are never taken to task for reckless over-service, they'll keep putting their communities in danger without batting an eye.

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