Tiffany Vasquez, Manuel Rios Jr. Injured in Crash with Tree on Clear Lake Drive in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX — November 6, 2022, Tiffany Vasquez and Manuel Rios Jr. were injured after crashing into a tree on Clear Lake Drive in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on the 4200 block of Clear Lake Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Rios was driving a Toyota Camry north on Scarsdale when he lost control for unconfirmed reasons. The Toyota veered off the road to the right, passed through the lanes of Clear Lake Drive, and crashed into a tree on a private property on the corner.
Rios, 26, and his passenger Vasquez, 25, were transported to area hospitals for treatment of serious injuries.
Investigators say breath tests performed on Rios were positive for alcohol. He allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol at a local hotel's bar and consented to a blood draw for further testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Tiffany Vasquez, Manuel Rios Jr. Accident in San Antonio
Police seem to strongly believe alcohol was a factor in this crash, but unless blood tests come back and show the driver was intoxicated it's important not to take it for granted--no matter how the preliminary details might point to that. A full investigation will account for other possibilities and ensure the whole story is learned.
Even if intoxication is confirmed as a factor, though there could be more to the investigation than just charging the suspect appropriately. Texas dram shop law says that any licensed alcohol vendor (bar, club, restaurant, store, etc) that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be responsible for any injuries that person causes or suffers while impaired.
Not every DWI accident involves a dram violation, but I can't help but notice that a hotel bar was specifically mentioned as a place where the driver allegedly consumed both liquor and beer during his stay. That doesn't mean the staff could tell he was past his limits, but he really just left a bar before crashing then it's probably in everyone's best interests to find out more about how he spent his time there that night. If the bar over-served him, not only should it make things right for him and his passenger but its illegal behavior should be met with serious consequences.