Three Injured in Alleged DWI Accident on SW Military in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- August 2, 2022, three people were injured due to an accident on SW Military Drive allegedly involving intoxicated driving.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 5:00 p.m. near the intersection of SW Military Drive and Quintana Road.
Officials said that an Audi SUV was going the wrong way along SW Military. As a result, it crashed with a Mercedes and a pickup.
A 24-year-old woman in the Mercedes, a passenger in the Audi, and the 20-year-old man allegedly driving the Audi had injuries, reports say.
Police allege that the driver of the Audi was intoxicated and will face charges. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Alleged DWI Accident on SW Military in San Antonio
Just to be clear up front, further investigations are necessary before taking allegations like this at face value. There's no telling what unusual factors may have played a role here. But given my extensive experience with alcohol-related crashes, it would be more unusual to find a wrong-way collision that didn't happen as a result of intoxication. If that is indeed what happened here, getting help for the victims and families could mean finding out where the supposed alcohol came from.
This is due to dram shop law. It says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Considering the state of mind someone has to be on not to realize they're on the wrong side of the road, it's virtually guaranteed that any complicit alcohol providers broke the law. That would be especially true if the driver is only 20 years old.
Again, I wouldn't jump to conclusions without knowing all the facts. However, there are too many red flags here to ignore. Sitting around shaming someone or another doesn't do much to get people the help they need. That's why it's important to spread the word about things like dram shop so folks at least have some idea of what next steps could be best for them.