Jose Perez Killed in Rollover Accident on New Mathis Rd in Bexar County, TX
UPDATE (July 20, 2022): Reports have identified the victim of this crash as 23-year-old Jose Armando Perez.
Bexar County, TX — July 15, 2022, a man his 20's died in a single-vehicle rollover accident on New Mathis Road in South Bexar County.
According to reports the incident happened around 2:00 a.m. near the intersection of New Mathis and Cannon Wood Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim left a bar a short distance away when he lost control of Chevy Silverado his pickup truck near the intersection. The truck ran off the road into a ditch, then crashed into a concrete driveway and overturned.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators reported finding open alcohol containers in the truck.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Rollover Accident on New Mathis Rd in Bexar County
One particular detail mentioned in reports stands out to me: The victim was allegedly leaving a nearby bar when he lost control and this tragic accident occurred. If that's correct, then depending on what he did or drank at that bar the law may consider it partly responsible for his fatal injuries.
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider which sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for any injuries he causes or suffers while under the influence. It's unfortunately common for local watering holes to keep refilling a customer's glass as long as he keeps buying, even though the law says they have to stop when they can tell he's past his limits. Putting their own profits ahead of his safety and that of the public is illegal, pure and simple. Dram shop claims make sure bars learn a valuable lesson about cleaning up their act while also letting victims and families seek much-needed help with their injuries and loss.
To be clear, while alcohol was implied as a suspected factor in the news it hasn't been specifically confirmed by evidence. Unless that happens it's best nobody jump to conclusions, and even if further investigation confirms the victim was intoxicated that doesn't mean a bar broke the law. However, the specific mention of one in reports seems like more than enough reason to at least find out how the victim spent his time there. At the very least his loved ones deserve every answer they can get about what happened. If those answers show someone should be held accountable that evidence will be critical in doing so.