• July 05, 2022

One Killed, Efrain Rodriguez Ruiz, Christopher Rodriguez Injured in Car Accident on West Woodlawn in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (August 16, 2022): Reports identified two of the people involved in the crash. One was a passenger in the vehicle, identified as 22-year-old Efrain Rodriguez Ruiz. The other was identified as the driver, 20-year-old Christopher Rodriguez. Both reportedly had incapacitating injuries. The passenger killed in the crash remains unidentified by officials at this time.

San Antonio, TX -- July 4, 2022, one person was killed and two people were injured due to an accident where their car crashed on Woodlawn.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 1:45 a.m. along West Woodlawn Avenue at Aganier Avenue.

According to officials, a Chevy S-10 was reportedly being reckless when it began "doing doughnuts." The vehicle then eventually ran off-road and crashed, causing the vehicle to overturn.

A 20-year-old passenger in the pickup reportedly succumbed to fatal injuries while the driver and another passenger had serious injuries.

Police say that there may be charges stemming from the crash. Additional details are pending further investigations.

Commentary on Efrain Rodriguez Ruiz, Christopher Rodriguez Car Accident in San Antonio

It's not my place to say if the allegations here are true or not. My goal is simply for people to understand the potential challenges victims and families can face in crashes like this. While it may not seem like anything particularly out of the ordinary occurred here, keep in mind these reports may only be telling part of the larger story.

One Killed, Efrain Rodriguez Ruiz, Christopher Rodriguez Injured in Car Accident on West Woodlawn in San Antonio, TX

This early in the morning, for example, investigations often reveal alcohol was a factor. That can lead to the revelation that a local alcohol provider illegally over-served the driver, which could make them liable under dram shop law for contributing to the deadly wreck. Is that something authorities have looked into here?

Quite frankly, I've seen too often how police focus solely on charging a driver without actually getting answers for those in need of help after the crash. As important as it is for people to take accountability for their actions, steps must also be taken to ensure a grieving family gets whatever help Texas law gives them the right to pursue. Whether or not those steps are being taken here remains to be seen.

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