Loop 410 crash victim remembered

James Garcia, 23, dies on way home from work

SAN ANTONIO - Family and friends remember a man killed in a crash on Loop 410 between East Houston and Rigsby on Saturday afternoon.

James Garcia was on his way home from work when the car he was riding in rolled over. He was ejected through the back window and died at the scene.

His family said that even though his life was short, he lived it with a smile on his face.

"He had a good full life, and he was very loved," said Brandi Crossland, Garcia's sister.

Garcia moved in with his sister when he was 14, and she said if you'd give him a fiew minutes, he could make anyone smile.

"That boy was just something else," she said.

Crossland said her brother was still like a big kid, and he loved playing with her three kids, but recently he did a lot of growing up.

"He had a baby girl, and he turned into a man immediately. He's the baby of three of us, and as soon as that baby came, he was no longer a baby, he was a daddy," she said.

Garcia's daughter will be 1 year old on August 9, just one day after Garcia would have turned 24.

On Saturday, a change in dinner plans led her family to the IHOP restaurant where Garcia worked as a server.

"He served me and my kids and my kids left and said, 'Bye,' and he was so happy because he made, you know, big sister has to leave a big tip," she said.

It was a last minute meal that ended up being the last chance to say goodbye. Garcia was on his way back from work when he and his friends crashed.

"It was just time for him to go home," Crossland said.


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