• August 15, 2022

Injuries Reported in Crash on Woodlawn Ave after Hit-and-Run in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX — August 15, 2022, one or more people were injured in a car accident involving a hit-and-run driver on West Woodlawn Avenue in San Antonio.

Reports say the incident began around 12:45 a.m. and concluded on West Woodlawn near Elmendorf Street, close to downtown. Preliminary investigation suggests SAPD officers saw a red sedan crash with another vehicle downtown, but one driver sped away from the scene. A short distance away in the West Side the sedan T-boned another car and then crashed through a fence.

The hit-and-run driver was trapped in the sedan when police arrived and they detained her soon after. Four passengers from the car fled on foot. A passenger in the T-boned vehicle suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Hit-and-Run and Crash in West San Antonio

Hopefully with the suspect in custody police can learn something about her motivations for fleeing one crash scene just to end up in a second one a short time later. Exactly how and why did both of those accidents occur?

That has many possible answers, but more often than not investigators find someone fled a crash because they had something they urgently wanted to hide. That could be illegal contraband in their vehicle or active warrants, or they have fled because they were intoxicated and weren't thinking clearly. News reports say it's unknown if alcohol was a factor in these accidents, but given when and how they happened I suspect police will look into that.

Injuries Reported in Crash on Woodlawn Ave after Hit-and-Run in San Antonio, TX

If it turns out their suspect was intoxicated, they should also find out where her alcohol came from that night. Why? Because if a local alcohol vendor over-served her, it may be liable for her and the other victim's injuries under Texas dram shop law.

To be clear, alcohol's only one possible explanation of many and I don't claim to know any more than news reports can say. Knowing if dram shop law applies here would take further careful investigation, and in my experience it's unlikely police will take things that far. People hurt in DWI crashes caused by negligent over-service often need the help of independent investigators to prove it. Will those steps be taken here?

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