• August 23, 2022

Rylee Calhoun, Jayden Miller, James Powell Injured in San Antonio, TX Car Accident

San Antonio, TX — July 28, 2022, Rylee Calhoun, Jayden Miller, and James Powell were injured in a single-vehicle crash off Wurzbach Parkway in San Antonio.

Reports say the incident happened around 3:15 a.m. on the 13700 block of the eastbound Wurzbach ramp toward Vista Del Norte. Preliminary investigation and a statement from Calhoun suggest that Powell was driving a Chevrolet Cruze east off the Wurzbach ramp when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a nearby tree line. At some point during the crash the car overturned on its driver's side.

Powell and his passengers Calhoun and Miller were all injured in the crash and were all transported to area hospitals. Reports say police obtained a blood draw warrant after Powell refused to provide samples, and investigators allege he was intoxicated when he crashed.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Rylee Calhoun, Jayden Miller, James Powell Accident in San Antonio

It's always serious when authorities think alcohol contributed to a crash. It sounds like they charged the driver with intoxication assault, meaning they're taking steps to see he faces consequences, but is his punishment really the end of the story? In Texas and many other states, there may be another party--an accomplice of sorts--that should be held accountable for its role in a drunk driving wreck. That accomplice is whatever business provided the alcohol.

Rylee Calhoun, Jayden Miller, James Powell Injured in San Antonio, TX Car Accident

Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries that follow (even to the drunk customer himself). Bars, restaurants, liquor stores, gas stations--these businesses have clear and important rules to follow about when and how they can sell or serve drinks to customers. When they break those rules and people get hurt, dram shop law can hold them responsible while also helping the people hurt by their negligence.

That's not to say I know some business broke the law here. Reports about the wreck are a little muddled but the trio may have been drinking in a local park prior to their crash, so unless the driver bought the alcohol while clearly drunk then it's unlikely a dram violation happened. However, it bears looking into to be sure and I don't know that police will do that. It often takes more thorough independent investigations to explore possibilities like dram shop, and the same could prove true here as well.

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