• September 08, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by Alleged DWI Hit-and-Run Driver on Loop 410 in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX — September 3, 2022, a female pedestrian was struck and killed by a suspect DWI hit-and-run driver on Loop 410 in San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. in the area of 1600 NE Loop 410. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was on foot, walking on the westbound ramp from Harry Wurzbach Road toward the Loop when she was struck and killed by a passing Dodge Journey.

Investigators say the Dodge driver left the scene after the collision but was spotted a short time later pulling into a parking lot on Broadway. Police arrested the driver on suspicion of DWI and failing to stop and render aid.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Hit-and-Run on Loop 410 in San Antonio

If clear evidence confirms the suspect was impaired as police believe, some may think that just means he'll face appropriate charges. That part's important, as someone who endangered himself and others and caused tragic and irreversible damage should face consequences. However, I believe that's true for everyone who played a part in what happened. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.

Pedestrian Killed by Alleged DWI Hit-and-Run Driver on Loop 410 in San Antonio, TX

Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes while under the influence. A dram shop claim lets the people hurt in or by these accidents, such as crash victims and their families, seek help with the difficult road ahead of them. At the same time it makes sure law-breaking businesses face consequences for their reckless behavior, just as the drivers they over-served and turned loose do.

Not every DWI crash starts with a dram violation, but the source of the alcohol is an important detail to learn during the investigation. Unfortunately, police often overlook it and focus entirely on just charging the drunk driver. If a bad bar may have played a role in taking a woman's life, I think most would agree that it should pay the price for ignoring the law in favor of a bigger tab. That's why it's often better to have independent investigators look into dram violations rather than wait for police to take action.

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