Reyna Elizondo Injured in Car Accident on Zarzamora Street in San Antonio, TX
UPDATE (February 15, 2023): Additional details from authorities say that the woman injured in the accident was 22-year-old Reyna Elizondo. Further information about allegations against the other driver are unclear.
San Antonio, TX -- January 31, 2023, a woman was injured due to an accident where another driver hit her vehicle on Zarzamora Street.
Officials said that the incident happened just before 8:00 p.m. at the intersection of Zarzamora Street and Nogalitos Street. It appears the woman had the green light when another vehicle crashed into her. That vehicle then left the scene, but it appears witnesses helped authorities locate the driver.
The woman had injuries said to be critical. The other driver may have been intoxicated, but this has yet to be confirmed. Investigations are ongoing.
If the allegations here are true, then it's pretty common that someone who flees an accident scene does so because they were intoxicated and didn't want authorities to find out. But even if that's true and lands the driver behind bars, is that the whole story?
Victims and families that have come to me over the years tend to be surprised when my team and I start looking into where the drunk driver got their alcohol. The reason we do that is simple: alcohol providers can be in trouble if they're caught over-serving their customers. Not only can there be administrative penalties and criminal charges, but there can also be liability under dram shop law if the person they over-served causes an accident.
It's an issue which authorities quite frankly don't discuss enough. Too many people walk away from crashes like this solely relying on the authorities without realizing they have rights under Texas law to take additional steps to make things right. Whatever happened here, hopefully those steps are being taken if possible.