Joe Palacios Killed in Car Accident on W Commerce in San Antonio, TX
UPDATE (October 27, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as 26-year-old Joe Palacios. The driver of the vehicle, 23-year-old Matthew Martinez, has reportedly been charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection to the crash.
San Antonio, TX — October 26, 2022, a vehicle's passenger was killed and its driver was arrested after they crashed into a utility pole off West Commerce in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:10 a.m. on the West Side at Commerce and 36th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a car was traveling in the area when the driver lost control and crashed into a utility pole. The car wrapped partly around the pole and trapped the passenger inside.
Responders rescued the passenger and transported him to an area hospital where he died a short time later. The driver was detained on suspicion of being intoxicated. Charges may be pending.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on San Antonio Car Accident on West Commerce
If clear evidence confirms the driver was intoxicated then he may have some serious legal consequences coming for his poor choices that night. Drunk driving puts people at risk and it's only right that those who do so pay a price; however, I'd argue that everyone responsible for the crash that took his passenger's life should be held accountable for their roles. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes or suffers while under the influence. It lets people hurt in or by a DWI accident, including families who lose a loved one, to seek much-needed help and also makes sure law-breaking businesses learn a harsh lesson for getting their priorities skewed.
So will police consider whether a local watering hole had a hand in that driver's poor choices and the damage he did? Unfortunately, I doubt it. They tend to get preoccupied with just the drunk drivers themselves and rarely chase down the source of the alcohol. If a dram shop violation might have occurred, the people hurt by it may want independent experts to look into that.