The owner of Dayzee Dukes Saloon may be left picking up the tab for damages after an out of control pickup plowed into his South side bar.
San Antonio police responded to the business, located in the 1700 block of Quintana Road, around 7 a.m. Wednesday and found a huge hole in the front wall. Inside the bar, they found the Ford F-250 pickup that created the unplanned opening.
Sgt. George Antu said witnesses told police a woman was behind the wheel and had been driving erratically just moments before the crash.
"(The truck) cut in front of another vehicle, sideswiped the vehicle, they collided causing the vehicle to go straight into the building," Antu said. "According to the caller and the few witnesses we found, she walked away. She didn't appear to be injured in any way."
A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said he was in his kitchen when he heard the commotion, looked out the window and saw a huge cloud of dust. He said he could tell that a vehicle had hit the building, but got an even bigger surprise when he walked outside.
"As I was coming across the street, a lady came out of there in high heels, dressed real nice. And she was booking in high heels down the street,” the man said.
Another woman, meanwhile, was left behind, shaken but unhurt. She had been driving the car that was sideswiped by the truck.
The unidentified neighbor said he has seen about a half-dozen crashes at that corner alone, several involving the bar. In one case, a vehicle landed inches from his home.
The neighbor said he’d like to see something done to make things safer in that area.
"She must've been going across real fast because it took a lot to take out that wall,” he said. "They should put some traffic light here because, my God, it's a war zone right here."
Police said although the driver in this crash ran away, they hoped to be able to track her down. They said they would use the vehicle license plate number to track down the owner and determine who was driving at the time of the crash.