• September 27, 2022

Cesar Rodriguez Injured in Wrong-Way Crash on NW Loop 410 in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (November 8, 2022): Sources have identified the seriously-injured wrong-way driver in this accident as Cesar Alonzo Rodriguez.

San Antonio, TX — September 24, 2022, two men were seriously injured in a head-on crash on Northwest Loop 410 in San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. along the 3700 block of NW Loop 410. Preliminary investigation suggests a 26-year-old man was driving a Chevrolet Spark east in the westbound lanes, against traffic, when he crashed into a westbound Infiniti QX60.

One driver suffered serious injuries and the other sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to an area hospital.

Authorities suspect speed and impairment were factors in the crash but were unable to test the wrong-way driver due to his injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Cesar Rodriguez Wrong-Way Crash in San Antonio

I've learned over the years that it's best to pay close attention to big waving red flags after a wreck like this. A late-night/early-morning timeframe is one because it's the "witching hour" of DWI, and traveling the wrong way on a controlled-access highway like the interstate is certainly another.

All in all it's not surprising to learn that police strongly suspect intoxication here, though they'd still need clear proof before it's anything more than a plausible theory. If they find that, Texas dram shop law says that the wrong-way driver might not be the only one to hold accountable for the serious damage done on the Loop.

Cesar Rodriguez Injured in San Antonio, TX Wrong-Way Crash on NW Loop 410

Under dram shop law an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes and/or suffers while under the influence. If a bar serves someone to the point he gets on the wrong side of a busy highway without noticing, travels toward headlights, and crashes, does that really sound like he was reasonably served and cut off at the right time? I don't think so.

At the end of the day, it'll take more thorough independent investigations to actually say what happened here and who all may be responsible. Would it really be okay for the wrong-way driver to take all the blame if a local bar liquored him up and sent him on his way? I certainly don't think so.

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