• September 26, 2022

Carlos Jose Moreno Killed, Clinton Earl Wilkins Jr. Injured in Alleged DWI Accident on US 281 in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (October 17, 2022): Officials identified the victims said to be involved in this accident. They said that Carlos Jose Moreno was fatally injured while Clinton Earl Wilkins Jr. had injuries thought to be non-incapacitating. Details have not confirmed the exact cause for the accident.

San Antonio, TX -- September 25, 2022, one was killed and one was injured after a car accident allegedly involving intoxicated driving.

Preliminary details provided indicate the crash happened along northbound lanes of US 281 near Evans Road at around 2:00 a.m.

It appears that a Chevy Silverado was going at a high rate of speed. It apparently lost control and crashed into multiple barriers along the highway before eventually rolling in a construction zone.

A passenger riding in the pickup succumbed to fatal injuries due to the crash. The driver was taken to an area hospital. Authorities allege that the driver, currently unidentified, was intoxicated and may face charges for intoxication manslaughter. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Carlos Jose Moreno Alleged DWI Accident in San Antonio, TX

If the allegations here prove to be true, it tragically wouldn't be the least bit surprising. 2:00 a.m. on a Sunday is statistically the most dangerous time to be on the road due to drunk driving as people are coming home from nights out at the bar. What makes this particularly important to look into is the role those bars often play in these deadly wrecks. While most everyone understands drunk drivers can face consequences, few ever discuss the crucial legal avenue which sees negligent alcohol providers held accountable for their actions, as well: dram shop law.

Carlos Jose Moreno Killed, 1 Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in San Antonio, TX

Put simply, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. A bar serving someone to the point they get people hurt or killed is almost always breaking the law. So why should a driver get a court date, a family grieve their loved one, and a bar that benefited off of all the chaos gets off scot-free?

Dram shop gives victims and families the tools to ensure all parties are held accountable for their actions while also providing an opportunity to get them the help they need. Unfortunately, the police are rarely the ones asking these questions. It's why there often needs to be more thorough independent investigations to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable for a deadly wreck like this.

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