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San Antonio — Officer Dragged More Than 600 Feet by Suspected Drunken Driver on East Commerce Street

Posted on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 at 9:42 pm by Williams Hart    

At around 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019, an officer was injured after he was dragged by a vehicle in San Antonio, Texas.

According to initial reports, the police officer pulled the driver, 28-year-old Rene Garcia, in the 100 block of East Commerce Street for a traffic violation. Garcia parked his car and gave the police officer his license. The officer noticed several alcoholic drink containers inside the car.

Garcia then suddenly shifted his car into drive and shouted the expletive at the officer while attempting to drive away. As a result, the officer was dragged as he hung out to the car’s steering wheel.

Garcia eventually stopped the car as the officer forced it toward a brick column.

Garcia was then taken into custody and will face charges of aggravated assault against a police officer and evading arrest. A passenger in the car fled from the scene.

Meanwhile, the officer was treated by paramedics at the scene for his injuries.

The crash still remains under investigation.

It is great to hear that the police officer wasn’t seriously injured in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky. Car accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.

There are three common causes of car accidents, and these are speeding, driving while distracted, and DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol). DUI, in particular, is quite appalling. The NHTSA reports that about 28 people die every day because of drunken driving crashes, and in 2010, 10,228 people died in DUI accidents while about 345,000 were injured. All these numbers paint a terrible picture indeed.

Car accidents, especially DUI ones, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/DUI accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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