Gilbert Garcia Killed, Sandra Garcia Injured in Alleged Intoxicated Driver Accident in San Antonio, TX
UPDATE (January 10, 2023): Recent updates from authorities identified the woman hurt in the crash as Sandra Garcia. Her injuries were said to be incapacitating. Right now, additional information about the crash is unavailable.
San Antonio, TX -- December 25, 2022, Gilbert Garcia was killed and another was injured after an alleged intoxicated driving accident.
Initial details news outlets relayed from Bexar County and San Antonio officials say that the crash occurred at around midnight Christmas morning at the intersection of W. W. White Road and East Southcross.
78-year-old Gilbert Garcia was said to be an occupant of a sedan which was crossing through the intersection. While doing so, it appears an SUV allegedly ran a red light and slammed into the sedan. Garcia succumbed to fatal injuries following the wreck. The unidentified driver of the sedan was injured.
Perhaps catching most people's eyes in these statements is that police accuse the SUV driver of being intoxicated at the time of the crash. They even claim the driver was booked for intoxication manslaughter. If that's true, and if it can be proved this driver was intoxicated, then it warrants just about any step authorities can take toward seeing that person held rightfully accountable for their senseless actions.
Doing something as reckless as intoxicated driving is so incredible avoidable, and one person's idiotic decision has brought unimaginable pain on a family--during the holidays, no less. But what also concerns me is what--if anything--authorities are looking into next.
These situations rarely involve just one person. Time and time again, I've looked into intoxicated driving accidents to find out the driver was drunk on their way home from a bar or a similar venue. Why does that matter? Well, those establishments constantly over-serve customers, which is illegal in Texas, and it can result in unique consequences against those negligent businesses, including administrative penalties, criminal charges, and even being liable for the resulting damages under dram shop law.
Did that happen here? I certainly can't say, but I can say from extensive experience that if authorities haven't looked into those possibilities, they're likely not getting this family the whole story.