Pedestrian Hit by Pickup at El Corona Event Center in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX — July 9, 2022, a 36-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured by a suspected drunk driver in a parking lot off US-90 in San Antonio.
According to reports the incident happened around 2:10 a.m. at 7535 US-90, the address of El Corona Event Center. Preliminary investigation and witness statements suggest a Chevrolet Silverado was traveling south in the parking lot when it turned left and hit the pedestrian. The pickup stopped briefly on top of the victim, then reversed a short distance before both occupants got out.
The pedestrian suffered serious injuries in the accident.
The pickup's passenger told investigators the driver had consumed 4-6 beers inside the venue before driving. Police collected blood samples from the driver for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Pedestrian Accident in San Antonio
Given the circumstances of this accident and the passenger's admission that the driver was drinking at the nearby bar, naturally police think alcohol played a big part. Some people may wonder whether that really matters except to make sure the driver is charged appropriately, but alcohol-related wrecks in Texas are a little more complex than folks sometimes realize due to dram shop law.
In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits alcohol vendors (bars, clubs, restaurants, stores, etc) from providing further drinks to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do and those customers injure someone while drunk, the business may have a duty to help the people they hurt.
I'm not accusing the bar mentioned in reports of over-service, but knowing the driver drank alcohol inside it just before the accident means investigators should certainly look into exactly how she and her passenger spent their time inside. Will police find out whether the bar broke the law, or is this like so many other crashes where they let that part go? Would an independent investigation stand a better chance of getting the victim the help he deserves?