Car plows through San Antonio church on West Side

Driver crashes through 3 walls at church on W. Woodlawn and Maiden Lane


SAN ANTONIO - A car crashed through a church on San Antonio's West Side early Thursday morning, leaving behind some major damage.

San Antonio police responded to the accident at the Woodlawn Hills Baptist Church on W. Woodlawn at Maiden Lane and said the accident left a hole in the side of the building where Sunday school classes are held.

Woodlawn dead-ends in front of the church. However, investigators said the driver did not stop and, instead, drove through four walls and finally came to a stop behind the church.

Police said a man and the woman were seen getting out of the car and running away.

"That's not the good way to go to church, you know," Pastor Paul Gonzales said. "I'm going to pay them a pastoral visit -- probably today -- and talk to them."

A witness told police the car hit the curb then flew through the air as it went through the church building. It left behind 50 to 60 yards of skid marks.

Jerry Salinas heard the entire crash from his bedroom.

"I just praise God that there was nothing going on (that early) in the morning, here at the church," he said.

Gonzales said this is not the first time a car has hit the church, and the mailbox pole has been knocked down three other times.

"A lot of times when we hear brakes, we always brace, because we don't know if they're going to go through the building," he said.

Police have not announced any charges in connection with the crash.

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