September 5, 2022 – Henry Stevenson, 59, was killed, and a 5-year-old passenger was injured in a fatal car crash in Elmendorf, Texas. Officers were dispatched around 3:30 PM to I-37 near Donop Rd. where they discovered Stevenson, who had been ejected from his overturned Chevy blazer in the grassy median. According to investigators, the front right side of Stevenson’s vehicle was struck by one of the front tires of a silver truck, which forced the blazer off the edge of the pavement. When Stevenson tried to correct his vehicle, he lost control which caused the vehicle to flip over in the grass. Both the driver and the 5-year-old boy were ejected from the vehicle. A paramedic who was passing by stopped to render aid but was unsuccessful and Stevenson died at the scene. The 5-year-old boy was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and their mother was notified of the crash. According to police, the driver of the silver pickup is wanted for failure to stop and render aid. There is currently no other information available, and the investigation is ongoing.
Fatal auto accidents can happen for a number of reasons. When the cause is not clear, it is very important that a thorough investigation is completed to determine what factors led to the crash. In this case, the other driver fled the scene and failed to stop and render aid. Because the other driver fled, it is imperative that the driver be located as quickly as possible to determine if alcohol, fatigue, distraction, or environmental conditions were involved. If alcohol was involved and a driver who causes an accident had been drinking at a bar or restaurant, the establishment may be held civilly liable for serving an obviously intoxicated person and the bartender potentially can be criminally prosecuted. The information obtained in an investigation is not only important for law enforcement purposes, which in this case involves a criminal matter but is necessary for insurance companies, victims, and their families when a civil case is pursued to obtain justice for an injury or loss of a loved one.