• September 30, 2022

Pedro Ramirez Pavon Killed in Attempted Hit-and-Run on I-37 in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (November 10, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 36-year-old Pedro Antonio Ramirez Pavon.

San Antonio, TX — September 30, 2022, a stranded motorist was struck and killed in an attempted hit-and-run on Interstate 37 in San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:30 a.m. on I-37 between Loop 410 and Military Drive. Witnesses told investigators that the victim was on the shoulder dealing with a disabled Ford F-150 when he was hit by a passing Dodge Avenger and suffered fatal injuries.

The Dodge that hit him didn't stop, but witnesses pursued it to a gas station on Hot Wells Boulevard and kept the driver there until police arrived. Officers performed field sobriety tests, then took her into custody. Charges may be pending.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Pedro Ramirez Pavon Accident in San Antonio

If early reports have their facts straight, it's at least some small comfort to see authorities quickly took the suspect into custody so she can face consequences. Some may think whatever criminal charges she might face are more or less the end of the matter, but there's at least one more issue that bears further investigation--yet I'm concerned that law enforcement won't follow up on it.

Depending on what officers learned from their field sobriety tests, this hit-and-run may also be a DWI matter. If so, it's important to find out where the alcohol came from that night. Some may not see why, but on many occasions Texas dram shop law holds businesses that negligently over-serve their customers responsible for the tragedy that often follows after the customers leave.

Pedro Ramirez Pavon Killed in Attempted Hit-and-Run in San Antonio, TX

When a licensed alcohol vendor like a bar, restaurant, or liquor store sells or serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer, they violate dram shop law and as a consequence they may be liable for any injuries that customer goes on to cause or suffer. At the very least the possibility should be properly investigated in case a local business should be made to stop endangering its customers and its community. If the victim's loved ones can get help as they struggle with their loss, that's all the more reason to take the needed steps.

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