Car Crashes into House on MLK Drive, One Injured in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX — November 3, 2022, a 79-year-old woman was seriously injured when a car crashed into her home off Martin Luther King Drive in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. along MLK Drive near South Walter Street on the East Side. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a car crashed into the side of the victim's house, trapping her underneath it inside the home. After the crash the male driver ran away on foot.
The home's occupant was rescued by firefighters and then transported to an area hospital in serious condition. A passenger in the car was cut free after getting trapped during the crash; she was then detained for questioning.
The investigation continues and the suspect remains at large, but police say they know who they're looking for.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on San Antonio Car/House Crash on MLK
Based on the way this crash was reported I have a sneaking suspicion many people immediately blamed intoxication. Considering a car hit a building in the early morning and the driver then ran off and abandoned his passenger, I can understand that impression. However, as always it's important not to jump to any conclusions before investigators can put more of the puzzle together. Even if they find the suspect drove while intoxicated, he may not be the only one responsible for the damage done.
Texas dram shop law says that licensed alcohol vendors who over-serve their customers may also be responsible for the damage those customers do. If a bar or other business sells or serves more drinks to an obviously intoxicated person and then turns them loose on the road, that business may be liable for any injuries their customer causes or suffers while excessively impaired.
I'm not saying I know intoxication was a factor in this wreck, let alone that some bar served the driver too much of it. I'm also not saying the driver's fault is in any way reduced just because someone else might be liable as well. If a bar is endangering its customers and community that just seems like an important thing to know, yet even if police confirm the driver was drunk they aren't likely to find out how he got that way.
To be sure everyone responsible for the crash is held accountable, the victim may need the help of independent investigators. If a bar's reckless over-service caused her harm then its bad behavior should be nipped in the bud before anyone else gets hurt.