• October 18, 2022

Aaron Cantu Killed in Rollover Accident on I-10 in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (October 19, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 20-year-old Aaron Cantu.

San Antonio, TX — October 16, 2022, a man was ejected from his vehicle and hit by another on Interstate 10 on San Antonio's East Side.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. Sunday on eastbound I-10 near Hackberry. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was seen driving a GMC Yukon "erratically," allegedly swerving between lanes, when he lost control and the SUV overturned.

The driver was ejected and landed in the highway's main lanes; moments later he was hit by a passing Toyota Camry. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Yukon was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported and the Toyota driver remained at the scene.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

No further information is currently available.

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UPDATE (November 16, 2022): Investigators later released more information about this accident, including that witnesses saw a passenger emerge from the crashed GMC Yukon, secure a backpack from inside, and flee the scene. The passenger was later located at a hospital, where he told police the driver was intoxicated.

I can't speak to the truth of that person's statement, but if police found evidence confirming it then there may be another wrinkle in this already-complicated situation. Texas dram shop law says licensed alcohol vendors like bars, clubs, and stores may not legally over-serve their customers--that is, they have to stop selling or serving drinks to someone who is obviously intoxicated. If they ignore the law and do so, they may then be liable for any damage that customer causes or suffers while under the influence.

Was an alcohol vendor part of the equation here, and if so did they illegally over-serve the victim? Only further careful investigation could say, but if police feel the job is more or less done here then someone else may need to find out. I think most would agree that everyone responsible for the loss of a young man's life should be held properly accountable.

Aaron Cantu Killed in Rollover Accident on I-10 in San Antonio, TX

ORIGINAL: People may see the preliminary reports about this accident, read that the victim was supposedly driving in an unsafe manner, and think that explains the crash and its damage. Investigators may ultimately conclude something to that effect, but there's still more work to do and it's best to keep in mind that early reports don't always have the facts straight. In fact, victims and families call the firm all the time and tell us police reports about their accidents don't tell the whole story--or are just completely wrong.

That's not to knock law enforcement's hard work. I'm just acknowledging that they sometimes have difficulty fully committing to an investigation (particularly if they can quickly point fingers at something like "erratic driving"). Between competing priorities and limited resources, sometimes they miss critical details or don't learn the whole context of a crash. That can obviously be a big problem for anyone trying to get answers or help afterward, and it's one of the reasons independent investigations are so important for ensuring the truth is found. Would independent experts find there's more to the story here?

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