• December 12, 2022

Christopher Gray Killed by Alleged DWI Driver on I-10 in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (December 16, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as Christopher Nils Gray.

San Antonio, TX — December 9, 2022, a 56-year-old man on a moped died after he was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver on I-10 in San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on I-10 between MLK Boulevard and Roland on the East Side. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a Yamaha moped along the freeway when he was rear-ended for unconfirmed reasons by a Hyundai Genesis. The impact sent the moped off course and it crashed into the center concrete median; the Hyundai also swerved and crashed into the barrier.

The moped rider was ejected in the wreck and suffered fatal injuries. Investigators suspected the 34-year-old Hyundai driver was intoxicated and arrested him on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Christopher Gray Accident in San Antonio

If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as suggested, some may think that mostly pertains to the criminal charges the suspect might face. That part's important, of course, since drunk drivers put themselves and others at risk and should face serious consequences. However, I'd argue the same is true of everyone who played a part in the wreck and its terrible outcome. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.

Christopher Gray Killed by Alleged DWI Driver on I-10 in San Antonio, TX

Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes while under the influence. Put another way, it's not always just a drunk driver who's legally accountable for a crash—sometimes it's also the place that helped him get that way. Dram shop makes sure such negligent businesses are held accountable and also provides the people they hurts a way to confront them in court.

Not every alcohol-related wreck involves a dram violation, and I'm not accusing any specific San Antonio business of one. The source of the drinks is simply an important detail to learn, but unfortunately police rarely make it a priority. If an alcohol vendor may have contributed to the crash then it may be best to seek proof of that independently. With the right help and evidence, many folks hold bad bars accountable for the damage they helped cause.

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