• September 07, 2022

Lewis Fender Dies, Federico Chavez Arrested after Crash on E Loop 1604 in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX — September 5, 2022, 58-year-old motorcyclist Lewis Fender was struck and fatally injured by another driver on East Loop 1604 in San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:30 p.m. on E. Loop 1604 at U.S. Highway 181 South. Preliminary investigation suggests Fender was riding a Suzuki motorcycle north on the Loop when 37-year-old Federico Chavez turned his southbound Dodge Ram pickup into the bike's path. The two vehicles collided in the northbound travel lane.

Fender was ejected during the crash. He was transported to an area hospital where he died a short time later. No other injuries were reported.

Police arrested Chavez on potential manslaughter charges. Investigators noted finding alcohol containers in his vehicle and alleged that he demonstrated signs of intoxication at the scene.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Lewis Fender Accident in San Antonio

Police seem to think alcohol use might have been a factor, judging from the tests they performed on the suspect and the drinks they found in the pickup. If they take measures to confirm whether or not the suspect was intoxicated, their findings might change things--not just in terms of what charges the suspect might face, but also whether someone else should also be held accountable for its role in the tragic crash.

Texas dram shop law looks beyond drunk drivers to where and how they drank. If a local business over-served them it may have some consequences of its own coming--some of which provide much-needed help to victims and families whose lives are forever changed.

Dram shop basically says that alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, clubs, stores, etc) can't sell or serve more alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do, they may be considered liable for any damage those customers do--even to themselves--while under the influence. If they are indeed liable, that may mean they have a legal obligation to help the people hurt by their reckless and illegal over-service.

However, alcohol's only one possible factor of many. Police finding alcohol containers isn't the same as proving the suspect drank that day, let alone that some business illegally sold them to him. Even though I'm explaining a few things about dram shop law, I don't know for sure they apply. I only know from decades of experience that it could have helped many people who never knew about it at all, so I talk about it after accidents where it might be a concern. If a local business violated its legal duties and someone suffered as a result, it should be held properly accountable and make whatever amends it can to the people it hurt.

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