Armando Ortiz Killed, Two Hurt in Suspected DUI Accident on I-35 in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- An alleged alcohol related incident left 28-year-old Armando Ortiz dead and two injured on Interstate 35 and Walzem Road Sunday, January 15, 2017.
Sources say a pickup truck and Mazda 6 collided head-on on the interstate about 4:30 a.m.
While the details of the collision are sparse, officials say the driver of the Mazda, Mr. Ortiz, was killed at the scene. The driver of the pickup and a passenger in the Mazda were left with undisclosed injuries. Both the injured victims were last listed in critical condition. The incident left a large portion of the interstate closed for several hours.
Authorities have yet to make a determination as to the cause of the incident, but say they believe alcohol may have been a factor.
The preliminary press release provided no further information at the time of its release.
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The average person probably shares my opinion that drunk drivers need to face up to the consequences of their behavior. But, what seems to fly under the radar in drunk driving accidents is the over-service of patrons by bars and drinking establishments. Most bars have staff on hand that are trained to engage in responsibly serving their patrons; knowing when to cut off service to intoxicated individuals should be common sense for any wait staff. But, those bars that place the drive for profit over the safety of the general public should also face the consequences of their actions. If it turns out that the accused driver in this accident was over-served by a bar prior to the crash, shouldn't that bar be held accountable for breaking the law as well?
-- Grossman Law Offices