Godfrey Obayangbor Injured in San Antonio, TX Auto Accident
San Antonio, TX — June 18, 2022, 47-year-old Godfrey Obayangbor was seriously injured by a suspected DWI driver on Callaghan Road in San Antonio.
According to reports the incident happened around 5:20 a.m. on Callaghan at Ingram Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Explorer was headed north on Callaghan as Obayangbor drove a Toyota Sienna south nearby.
Reports say the Ford driver turned left at Ingram and entered the path of the southbound Toyota. The two vehicles crashed in the intersection.
Obayangbor suffered serious injuries in the wreck. The Ford driver was unhurt.
Investigators noted smelling alcohol on the Ford driver and he allegedly admitted to consuming "two or three beers" before driving. He reportedly refused to perform field sobriety tests and blood samples were collected for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Godfrey Obayangbor Accident in San Antonio
Given the suspect's reported confession of drinking it's not shocking that police think alcohol contributed to this wreck. They'll likely need something more definitive like blood test results to know how much of a role it played, but depending on what tests show the suspect may face some legal consequences. That isn't for me to gossip about, though, and instead we should look at ways to help the injured victim get back on his feet.
One avenue that might prove helpful is Texas dram shop law, which broadens the scope of responsibility for alcohol-related crashes beyond drunk drivers to the businesses that sold them their drinks. When bars or other licensed businesses provide alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers, the law says they may be liable for any injuries those customers cause while under the influence. The business would then have a legal duty to help the people hurt by its negligence.
Not every DWI accident starts with a dram violation. For instance, if the suspect drank at home then it's not likely that a business could be held liable for the damage done in the crash. Even if that's the case, though, it's important to know for sure.
So will the authorities find out where the drinks came from as part of their investigation? Frankly, I doubt it. Police don't look too hard for dram shop violations despite how important it is to put a stop to them. Victims of drunk driving accidents are usually better off with independent investigators looking for the evidence they need. Armed with what those experts find, many people have held law-breaking bars accountable for the damage they helped cause.