Jonathan Clark Injured in Multi-Vehicle Accident on Aquarena Springs Drive in San Marcos, TX
San Marcos, TX — October 22, 2022, 19-year-old Jonathan Clark was injured in a multi-vehicle accident on Aquarena Springs Drive in San Marcos.
Authorities say the incident occurred around 8:20 p.m. on Aquarena Springs (Loop 82) near West Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Explorer approached a line of stopped vehicles in the left-turn lane of eastbound Aquarena Springs, where Clark's Toyota Corolla was in the rear. The Ford driver failed to control his speed and crashed into the back of the Toyota, starting a chain reaction that ultimately involved five vehicles.
Clark received serious injuries in the wreck. No other injuries were reported.
Officers reportedly detected an odor of alcohol from the Ford driver and blood samples were collected for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jonathan Clark Accident in San Marcos
Police suspect alcohol was a factor in this crash. If blood tests confirm that, the suspect may face some serious legal consequences for his choices. That seems only right considering the injuries he caused to the victim, but there may actually be more to the story than simply punishing a drunk driver. For instance, Texas law says that whoever sold him alcohol may also be partly responsible for the damage he did.
Under Texas dram shop law, alcohol vendors like bars, restaurants, clubs, and stores can't sell or serve more alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do they may be considered liable for any injuries those customers cause while under the influence. Obviously not every drunk driving crash starts with a bar or store breaking the law, but the source of the alcohol is an important detail that too often gets overlooked during police investigations.
With all that said, intoxication's only a theory unless clear evidence proves it. Someone can hit stopped traffic for all kinds of reasons, most of which have nothing to do with alcohol. I mention dram shop because I've met too many people hurt by intoxicated drivers who never knew they had the right to confront the bars that made them unfit to drive. If that happened in San Marcos and someone suffered as a result, the business should learn a harsh lesson about its priorities and do its best to make things right.