Victoria woman dies in 1-vehicle wreck
Christina "Christy" Marie Loya was like a second mother to two of her nieces.
"A lot of times, I would go to her before I would go to my own mom and dad," said niece Christina Casillas, 26, of Goliad.
On Sunday, Casillas and other family members were trying to come to terms with Loya's death.
"I keep telling myself it's just a dream, that it's not true. ... It hasn't sunk in yet that she's gone," she wrote in a Facebook post.
Loya, 46, of Victoria, died Saturday night after she was ejected from her Suburban in a one-vehicle wreck in Calhoun County.
Casillas said her uncle was married to Loya, who went by "Christy," for 16 years, but they divorced last year.
"Even though they weren't married anymore, she was still my aunt," Casillas said.
Casillas said she lived with Loya and her uncle when she was 17.
"It was my senior year when her and my uncle took me in. She did everything that a mother would. Even after high school, I always turned to her," Casillas said.
She said Loya, who worked at Valerus, offered her a nonjudgmental and loving ear whenever she wanted to talk.
Monica Loya, 29, of Modesto, Calif., was also Loya's niece through marriage. She echoed Casillas' sentiments. She, too, was raised by Loya and her uncle.
"She's the one who named my son," Monica Loya said. "She was there for me through everything. She's the one that pushed me to finish high school."
At about 11:40 p.m. Saturday, Loya was traveling west on Farm-to-Market 2541 toward state Highway 35 in a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Gerald Bryant. The road curved to the right, and Loya crossed over the center line and ran off the road to the left.
Loya then overcorrected and lost control to the right, he said. The vehicle rolled over, coming to rest on its top.
Loya, who was not wearing her seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle, Bryant said.
Loya was pronounced dead at 12:41 a.m. at Citizens Medical Center, he said.
Loya is survived by two sons - ages 12 and 13 - her parents and the father of her children, Casillas said.
The crash was investigated by Trooper James Vinson, assisted by Trooper J.C. Collins, the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office and Port Lavaca Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service.