SAN ANTONIO — Five people were hospitalized Wednesday morning including at least one child following a head-on collision in San Antonio.
Dennis Michael Smith is charged with connection to the crash, which happened Wednesday, September 23 in the 8000 block of Midcrown. Smith reportedly told a paramedic that he smoked crack cocaine just before the crash that left an 11-year-old boy pinned inside a van and bleeding from the head.
An AirLife helicopter landed nearby at the Roosevelt High School football field to fly the child to an area hospital for treatment. He suffered a cracked skull and swelling in the brain and is in critical condition.
Four others involved in the crash, whose ages were not immediately available, were also hospitalized. At least one of them was also critically injured in a crash.
According to witnesses, Smith was weaving in and out of traffic when his car slammed into a van carrying the 11-year-old child. While paramedics were taking Smith to a hospital, he reportedly admitted smoking the drug.
Smith has been charged with intoxication assault.
While seemingly common sense, driving under the influence remains an epidemic among drivers. It’s never worth it. Not only are you putting yourself and others at risk, a first-time DUI/DWI conviction typically results in severe penalties. Even a first offense can result in:
- Temporary impounding of your vehicle
- A fine of up to several thousand dollars
- Installation of an ignition lock that prevents your car from starting if you’ve been drinking
- Possible jail time
- Revocation of your driver’s license
- Community service
- Completion of substance abuse classes at your own expense
These penalties increase substantially if you are involved in an accident or you are a repeat offender. You will also be saddled with a criminal record that may haunt you for years or even decades.
That’s just if you get caught. The consequences of driving under the influence become much more serious when injuries and/or fatalities occur. Always have a reliable way to get home. Have a designated driver, hail a taxi, or use Uber or Lyft to get you home safely.