Imagine a car slamming into your house not once, but twice, in the span of three years.
Francisco Ortiz-Aguilera knows exactly how that feels. His house on Madison's south side off of Park Street has been hit not once, but twice by a car driving down the street.
"I need to sell the house, buy in a different area. I don’t know. I need to do something because this is the second time," Ortiz-Aguilera said.
Wednesday night Ortiz-Aguilera woke up to a loud crash. To his surprise, he found a car had crashed into the front of his house on the 2000 block of Beld Street.
"I see the door is blocked by the truck and I said, 'Oh my God,'" he said.
A 24-year-old woman was cited on suspicion of her second impaired driving and operating a vehicle with a revoked license. The woman reversed her car into the front of the house. Before police arrived the woman tried to drive away, according to Ortiz-Aguilera.
"I took the keys right out and said, 'You know what? You need to stay right here, the police is coming so you need to stay right here,'" Ortiz-Aguilera said. "I took the keys out and put it in my pocket. The lady tried to fight with me and said, 'No, give me my keys. I want to leave, I didn’t do that. I didn’t do that,'" he said.
In 2013, a teenager crashed into the side of the house while running from police. In the last three years, Ortiz-Aguilera has parked two cars in front of the home to try and prevent another car from driving into his yard. On Wednesday, both cars were parked on the street and the car still managed to miss them and hit the house.
In both crashes, no one was hurt, but Ortiz-Aguilera fears if it happens again, his family might not be so lucky.
"What happens when my son or daughter or the little kids are staying with me and this happens?" he said. "I'm a little scared."