Jake Harris Killed in Rollover Accident on SE Loop 410 in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX — June 30, 2022, 34-year-old Jake Harris died in a rollover accident on Southeast Loop 410 in Southeast San Antonio.
According to reports the incident happened just before 10:30 p.m. on Loop 410 near New Sulphur Springs Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Hyundai Elantra was northbound in the inside lane of the Loop when Harris allegedly approached from behind in a Chevrolet Avalanche. He reportedly flashed his lights as he approached the car at high speeds and the Hyundai moved to the outside lane to let the pickup pass.
For unknown reasons Harris also moved to the inside lane while approaching, so the Hyundai began to once again move to the inside lane. While the car was merging Harris attempted to pass it and made contact. After the impact both drivers lost control and the Chevy overturned, then rolled several times before coming to rest on its roof in a nearby grassy median. The Hyundai rolled off the road and through the median onto an access ramp but remained upright and stopped.
Harris was extricated by firefighters and was pronounced dead at the scene. The sedan driver was reportedly unhurt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jake Harris Accident on Loop 410 in San Antonio
Reports seem to have a fair handle on what happened here, but so far they're a little lacking as to why things went that way. Did the crash happen due to a simple mixup between the drivers as one tried to pass the other, or were any other factors involved? Were both drivers paying full attention to one another? How fast were both vehicles traveling? Is it possible someone was impaired? Commenters on some sites speculated that the crash could have been due to road rage; is that accurate?
I'm not coming down on police for not yet knowing the specific motives of the man who sadly lost his life, but I hope they're able to connect some more dots. Situations where vehicles crash "for unknown reasons" obviously need those reasons clarified if at all possible, and many crashes turn out to be more complex than they might seem at first.
For instance, when a driver hurts someone or is hurt in a crash while intoxicated, the business that supplied their alcohol might also be responsible for the damage done under dram shop law. People don't always know that because unfortunately police rarely look into bars' role in those wrecks, but dram shop is an important way both to hold those businesses accountable and to get victims and families some badly-needed help.
I'm not saying alcohol was involved in the San Antonio wreck. I read the same reports as everyone else, and even with a rough picture of what happened it's still anyone's guess why. I just hope police will give the matter the careful attention it deserves to find the truth. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve some real answers.