Two Injured by Suspected DWI Driver on Hausman Rd in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX — September 25, 2022, a 25-year-old woman was seriously injured in a crash with a suspected drunk driver on Hausman Road in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:05 a.m. on Hausman at Babcock Road. Preliminary investigation and a witness statement suggest a Kia Rio was traveling erratically westward on Hausman, speeding and weaving between lanes, when it passed another car and crashed into the median. Its front left tire exploded from the impact, after which the Kia traveled into the Babcock intersection and crashed into a southbound Chevy Malibu. After the impact the Kia driver left the scene and parked in a nearby Circle K parking lot.
The Chevy's passenger suffered serious injuries in the collision. The car's driver received minor injuries and the Kia driver was unhurt.
Investigators suspected the Kia driver was under the influence of alcohol and drew blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on San Antonio Car Accident on Hausman Rd
If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here some may think that's mostly relevant to what charges the suspect will face. Ensuring he faces consequences is important, of course, as drunk drivers put themselves and others at risk. However, I'd argue that everyone who played a part in causing harm to the victims should also be held accountable. 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 while under the influence. Dram shop makes sure that negligent businesses are held accountable, both to the state for breaking the law and to the people their reckless over-service hurts.
Not every alcohol-related wreck involves a dram violation, and I'm not accusing any specific San Antonio business of breaking the law. The source of a driver's drinks is simply an important detail to learn, but unfortunately police rarely bother so it may be best to seek that information independently. The most important thing is to ensure the victims get the answers and help they deserve.