Family of woman killed in fatal crash hold benefit


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on January 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 8:36 AM

AUSTIN – The family of a 40-year-old mother of three killed in a car crash last week will be holding a benefit Wednesday to raise money for her funeral expenses.

“For me, my whole world came down because she was the only daughter I had,” said Barbara's mother, Lidia Chapa.

On Jan. 9 around 5:30 p.m., DPS troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on FM 973 and FM 812 involving five people, including three children.

DPS investigators say an Infiniti left the road for an unknown reason, and when the driver over-corrected it collided with a Lexus.

Barbara Chapa, a passenger in the front seat of the Infiniti, died upon impact.

Chapa, a mother of three, is described by family as a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and a person who would do anything for anyone.

“I love my daughter, but I can't grieve for her right now until all of this is behind us, burying her and stuff, because I know her kids are going to need me,” said Lidia.

The benefit fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Autozone in the 2200 block of east Riverside Drive.

Visitation is Thursday night at Peel and Son’s Funeral Home on Interstate 35 and Highway 183.

Her funeral is Friday.