Nolan McKee Killed in Traffic Accident on Blanco Rd in San Antonio, TX
UPDATE (October 26, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 21-year-old Nolan McKee. The driver of the car that hit him, 62-year-old Juan Carlos Rios, has reportedly been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
San Antonio, TX — October 23, 2022, a motorcyclist died in a collision with a U-turning car on Blanco Road in Far North San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:45 p.m. on the 21500 block of Blanco Road near Wilderness Oak. Preliminary investigation suggests a motorcycle was traveling on the road, possibly at high speeds, when a nearby Ford Focus made an illegal U-turn from a northbound lane. The motorcycle crashed into the car's driver side, then spun and fell onto the concrete median divider.
The rider was ejected during the crash and suffered fatal injuries. Police say he was wearing a helmet. The car's driver was critically injured and was taken to an area hospital.
Investigators say a charge of intoxication manslaughter is expected in connection to the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Nolan McKee Motorcycle Accident on Blanco Rd
If evidence confirms the suspect was impaired as police suspect, some may consider the serious criminal charge mentioned to be the final step in the equation. Charges are an important and justified step considering how dangerous and reckless it is for someone to drive drunk, but at the same time I'd argue that everyone responsible for the tragic damage done--including the alcohol's provider--should be held accountable.
Under Texas dram shop law, any business that sold or served the U-turning driver alcohol if they were obviously intoxicated did so illegally and may be liable for the injuries they caused and suffered in that crash. Bars that recklessly over-serve their customers break the law and show little regard for public safety, and it's important to teach them a harsh lesson about getting their priorities straight. Part of that lesson is ensuring they make amends to the people hurt by their negligence.
Not every alcohol-related crash also involves a dram shop violation, but it's an important detail to investigate further when drinking and injuries may be connected. The law punishes drunk drivers quite severely, and the places that get them so drunk deserve to be held accountable as well. Will police track down the drinks to their source, or should someone else handle that on behalf of the victim's loved ones?