Woman charged with DWI after she crashes car into home on NE Side, SAPD says

Family escapes injury; residents say this isn’t the first time a car has crashed inside someone’s home in their neighborhood

SAN ANTONIO – Melissa Cruz said she is thankful she and her family are alive and well after a car barreled into her home on the city’s Northeast Side early Tuesday morning.

Police said a woman drove a car through a wooden fence and crashed into Cruz’s home just before 1 a.m. in the 14000 block of Greenjay Drive, not far from Higgins Road and Uhr Lane.

“You know, we were kind of washing up, getting ready for bed, and then we just saw, like, a crash. And then a few seconds later, we just hear a loud boom,” Cruz said.

The car ended up in the children’s playroom, where Cruz said she and her boyfriend were in just moments before the crash.

“I was in shock,” Cruz said.

Cruz said her family had just moved into the home a month ago. Their home was left in shambles but they were expecting furniture to be delivered later Tuesday afternoon.

Sequestiny Shay O’Neal, 31, was O’Neal was arrested and charged with DWI after police said she crashed her car into a home in the 14000 block of Greenjay Drive (Copyright 2023 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

Cruz said as she was on the phone with 911 while the driver of the car, identified as 31-year-old Sequestiny Shay O’Neal, was trying to move her vehicle.

O’Neal was arrested and charged with DWI.

Cruz said she’s not mad at O’Neal but wishes she would have made a better decision.

“I’m against drunk driving. I don’t understand why people still do it. It not only harms them, but it also harms other people,” Cruz said.

Neighbors said this isn’t the first time a car has ended up inside someone’s home in this neighborhood.

“I’ve seen two cars come through this back fence with intoxicated drivers and hit this house,” said Tom Caddell, a resident.

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Jonathan Cotto is a reporter for KSAT’s Good Morning San Antonio. He’s a bilingual award-winning news reporter and he joined KSAT in 2021. Before coming to San Antonio, Cotto was reporting along the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas. He’s a veteran of the United States Navy.

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