San Antonio police arrested one of the drivers involved in a fatal two-vehicle accident on West Loop 1604 on August 10. 23-year-old Rosalinda Olalde was brought into police custody following the tragic accident. She has been charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter and three counts of intoxication assault.
Police say that Olalde was driving a Ford Expedition along the 6500 block of the westbound access road of West Loop 1604 at around 2 a.m. on August 10. She lost control of her vehicle, jumped over a curb, and crashed into the driver side door of a white Chevy Malibu. The driver of that vehicle, 22-year-old Mario Velasquez-Palau, was pronounced dead at the scene. Four passengers inside of his vehicle were brought to University Hospital. Three of those passengers suffered serious bodily injuries and the fourth was listed in critical condition.
Marc Lenahan is an attorney contributor and drunk driver victims lawyer. Here are some of his thoughts on how families of drunk driving victims can find justice:
As you may already know, the victims of drunk drivers and the families of those killed by drunk drivers often have grounds for a lawsuit against the driver, as driving drunk is a clear example of negligence. However, Texas and many other states also have dram shop and social host laws which allow third parties to be held liable for drunk driving accidents under certain circumstances.
In Texas, alcohol vendors (such as bars and restaurants) can be sued for drunk driving injuries if they served alcohol to someone who was obviously intoxicated and that intoxication resulted in an injury to another person. Additionally, these establishments can be held liable for serving alcohol to minors under age 18 who cause drunk driving accidents.
If you've lost a loved one to a drunk driver or have been injured by one yourself and are wondering about your legal options, we advise speaking to an experienced drunk driving victims lawyer.