Police: Driver who crashed into West side home had no insurance

Home on W. Martin Street damaged by out-of-control car


SAN ANTONIO – Oscar DeLaGarza is trying to figure out how to rebuild his life after an out-of-control car slammed into his home at W. Martin and NW 26th streets. 

The 34-year-old woman behind the wheel had no insurance, according to San Antonio police.

The car careened into the home around 8 a.m. Friday, breaking out windows and knocking down walls.

DeLaGarza said he also was knocked down, right out of his recliner into a wall.

"I thought it was a plane that crashed," he said, regarding the loud boom he heard. "Look at my house! What am I going to do?"

DeLaGarza said he has nowhere to go, and is not sure what services are available to help him.

According to his sister, Pauline Martinez, DeLaGarza had inherited the single story home after their mother died last year. She said she wasn't sure if he had had time to transfer paperwork into his name.

Martinez rushed to the scene after getting a call from a neighbor, and found her childhood home in shambles and her brother badly shaken.

"It was pretty bad for such a small car to make all that damage," Martinez said. "I know my mom was watching over him. I'm just glad that nothing happened to him."

DeLaGarza was left limping and wincing in pain, though. However, he said he did not want to leave what was left of his home to go to the hospital.

The driver, meanwhile, was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Police said in addition to not having insurance, the woman also had an expired license. She was cited for both.

There's no word on why she lost control of her car.