Guadalupe Rivas Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on Quincy St in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- July 31, 2022, 56-year-old Guadalupe Rivas was seriously injured in a crash with a suspected DWI driver at a San Antonio intersection.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:25 a.m. on Quincy Street at Main Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests an Audi A6 was southbound on Main when the driver allegedly ran a red light and crashed into an eastbound Mitsubishi Outlander driven by Rivas. The Audi driver told police he had a green light, but Mitsubishi passenger Rene Nava and a witness in another vehicle said the light was red.
Rivas suffered serious injuries in the crash. Nava received possible injuries and the Audi driver sustained minor injuries. The witness's car was also hit and both its occupants received possible injuries.
Investigators alleged the Audi driver was under the influence of alcohol; he reportedly refused to provide breath or blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Guadalupe Rivas Accident in San Antonio
Police think the driver was impaired by alcohol when he hit the victims, but he apparently wasn't feeling cooperative when they tried to verify their suspicions. Usually when that happens they get a warrant, but one way or another they usually get what they need to find out if they're right.
If evidence ultimately shows alcohol was a factor as suspected, the driver may face some legal consequences for his choices that day. That step would be important considering the damage he allegedly caused; bad actors should face repercussions for their poor choices. However, investigators should also look into where his drinks came from. But why?
Texas dram shop law broadens the responsibility for DWI wrecks beyond the drivers to sometimes include the businesses that sold or served them drinks. If further investigations determine a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the driver prior to him injuring someone in that crash, the business may be expected to make whatever amends it can to the victim--including giving them some help with the difficult road to recovery.
Not every DWI wreck involves a dram violation, but they're way more common than they ideally should be. If a local business over-served the driver and sent him on his way, it should be held accountable for the role it played in the damage done.