Gabriela Cardona, One Other Injured by DWI Driver off I-35 in Schertz, TX
Schertz, TX — July 1, 2022, 20-year-old Gabriela Cardona and another person were injured by an alleged drunk driver on I-35 in Guadalupe County.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:15 a.m. on I-35 near Farm to Market Road 2252 in Schertz. Preliminary investigation suggests a Toyota Corolla took exit 177 from I-35 onto the access road, allegedly traveling at high speeds, when it hit another Corolla from behind. The impact sent the second Toyota spinning into the grassy median.
The second car's 19-year-old driver and passenger Cardona were seriously injured in the crash. The driver that hit them, a 27-year-old man, was unhurt and was reportedly arrested for intoxication assault. Blood tests later showed he had a BAC of .11 at the time of the crash.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Gabriela Cardona Accident in Schertz
Obviously it's a very serious allegation to say the suspect was impaired when he caused a crash, and as blood tests seem to have confirmed that it seems like serious consequences should follow.
Some may think the assault charges against the driver take care of that, but when I talk to the people hurt in these situations they want the full story about what happened--and to know that everyone responsible will face justice. Making sure that happens often requires more work above and beyond what police put into their reports.
Alcohol-related accidents are a good example: If a drunk driver causes a crash, law enforcement often comes to a screeching halt once he's charged. However, they should also find out where his alcohol came from. Why? Because under Texas dram shop law any business that provided him with too many drinks may be liable for the damage he caused.
If someone is sold or served drinks by a licensed alcohol vendor (bar, club, restaurant, store, etc) when he's obviously intoxicated, the law may see that business as partly responsible for any damage their over-intoxicated customer causes. It's hard to say whether someone with a BAC just a little over the legal limit would have had clear signs of intoxication, but it at least merits further investigation.
Unfortunately police don't often look into dram shop violations. Instead it often takes independent investigations to find proof, and that could be the case here as well. At the very least, it's important that the victims know they have the whole story.