Levi Wesley Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash on Villamain St in San Antonio, TX
UPDATE (July 14, 2022): Reports have identified the person killed in this accident as Levi Wesley.
San Antonio, TX — July 10, 2022, a vehicle's passenger was killed when the driver crashed into some poles and a tree on Villamain Street in San Antonio.
According to reports the incident happened shortly before 2:20 a.m. along the 9400 block of Villamain. Preliminary investigation suggests the driver was speeding on the roadway when he lost control. The vehicle veered out of the travel lane and hit a light pole, two wooden utility poles, and a tree.
The car's passenger was ejected in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was trapped in the vehicle until fire crews extricated him; he was then transported to a hospital.
Reports say the driver will face manslaughter charges but it's currently unknown if intoxication was a factor.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Levi Wesley Accident in San Antonio
Speeding is thought to be a main factor in this crash, but comment sections filled quickly (as they often do) with guesses about distraction by a phone or even impairment also playing parts. Only further careful investigation and evidence could say whether their speculation has any merit, but if they're right there may be further considerations--particularly if alcohol was a factor.
Most people tend to think of DWI crashes as solely the driver's fault, but another detail should also be learned: The source of the driver's alcohol. Under Texas dram shop law, a licensed alcohol vendor that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for any injuries that customer causes or suffers while under the influence. This law holds such a business responsible for its recklessness and also gives victims and families a way to seek help after such an accident.
To be clear: Authorities haven't suggested, let alone proven, that alcohol was involved here. If they seek and find proof that the driver was impaired, though, then the question of where that impairment took place is an important one to answer. Unfortunately police don't make much effort to chase down dram shop violations, which means if it's a suspected factor (negligent over-service causes many such crashes) then it may be necessary to conduct an independent investigation to get the victim's loved ones the answers and help they deserve.