Southside mom calls for action after accused drunk driver nearly drives into her home

Local Mother Demands Action After Drink Driver Nearly Crashes into Her Home

Angela Gonzalez, a concerned San Antonio resident and mother, spoke out against street racing, speeding, and drunk driving after a car nearly crashed into her South Side home on Tuesday morning. The incident occurred off the 300 block of W. Theo Avenue, as a man accused of drunk driving lost control of his car and hit a tree in front of Gonzalez’s house.

The car eventually rolled to a stop outside her home, leaving a trail of destruction that destroyed her fence and damaged the front of her property. Gonzalez said that the driver almost crashed into the room where her children were sleeping, and what infuriated her the most was that the driver showed no remorse and began smoking a cigarette immediately after being helped out of the mangled car.

Despite the terrifying experience that she and her family had gone through, Gonzalez stated that they still jumped in to help the driver. However, a shocking realization struck her when the driver tried to escape. Her husband and children had to hold him down until the cops arrived.

This is not the first time that something like this has happened in the neighborhood, as similar incidents had reportedly taken place at a house across the street and another a few blocks away. Gonzalez contacted District 5 City Councilwoman Teri Castillo to ask for help, lamenting that nothing was being done to address the issue. She stresses the need for speed bumps or other speed-reducing measures to be implemented before another house is destroyed or someone is hurt.

Within 24 hours of the incident, Gonzalez and her family had to repair the damage and collect debris while the driver was arrested and charged with DWI. She expressed gratitude that no one was hurt but said that she would continue to fight for change and demand action against reckless driving.

Councilor Castillo has since released a statement addressing the incident, confirming that her office had received a call regarding it and that her team was working with public works to identify potential traffic calming measures to mitigate such incidents from happening again. Castillo provided a reminder that a slowdown application must be submitted to initiate a slowdown request, and they were happy to provide it at their constituent field offices. The main constituent line is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 210-207-0960.

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