One Injured in Head-On Crash on De Zavala Rd in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX — June 23, 2022, a woman was seriously injured in a head-on collision on De Zavala Road in Northwest San Antonio.
According to reports the incident happened around 11:00 p.m. on the 5200 block of De Zavala, near Vance Jackson Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim's sedan was in a turning lane when it was hit head-on by a Dodge Charger.
The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
Reports say that after the impact the Charger's 18-year-old driver ran from the scene and got rid of a weapon and some cash before walking back to the crash. Neither they nor their passenger were injured.
Police plan to investigate the Charger driver for DWI.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Head-On Crash on De Zavala Road in San Antonio
Leaving aside the suspect's motives for trying to hide money and a weapon before police found them, the allegations of intoxication need careful investigation. Clearly some consequences must follow if the young driver was under the influence, but on top of that it's important for several reasons to find out where their drinks came from.
With just a few exceptions, any adult giving alcohol to an underage person will likely face legal trouble. Businesses that directly sell it to minors may even lose their licenses. In addition, those same businesses may actually be liable for the damage their young customers cause or suffer while under the influence. This is due to dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries resulting from that intoxication.
Over the years working on dram shop and liquor liability cases, I've learned that alcohol vendors willing to sell to underage people at all don't usually have problems with over-serving them as well. If one did that in San Antonio, that business may have a duty to help the injured victim get back on her feet.
Far from every DWI crash involves a dram shop violation, but did authorities even consider that possibility? Frankly I doubt it. Despite how important it is to catch bad bars for over-service and make them stop, police rarely look into that. Independent investigations often stand a better chance of rooting out that behavior and holding those businesses properly accountable.