Leticia Garcia was a devoted mother who adored her two young children and, family members say, was doing better after the heartbreak last spring of losing a third child hours after birth.
The family had a big birthday party planned for Saturday, the day her daughter, Mia, turns 4. Instead, they are now making plans for Garcia's funeral.
Garcia, 25, of Denton, was killed early Wednesday when her Ford Expedition crashed into a tree in the front yard of a home. Police are still investigating.
"It's so upsetting that someone so young should die," Garcia's cousin Sabrina Garcia of Irving said Thursday in a telephone interview. "And leaving children behind."
Leticia Garcia and her husband also have a 5-year-old son, Manuel.
"I just had chatted with her on Facebook Tuesday night," Leticia Garica's aunt Minerva Garcia Solano of San Antonio said Thursday. "We had talked about the party. And then I get the news about the accident. I couldn't believe it."
The birthday party on Saturday had the potential to be huge. Leticia Garcia's relatives include her mother and 15 aunts and uncles along with their children.
"She was a devoted stay-at-home mom," Solano said. "It broke her heart when her baby died last spring, but they had a new home and life was looking good."
"She was just so full of life," Solano said. "And a mother who loved her children."
The fatal crash in Denton was reported shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday in the 1500 block of Stuart Road.
Police say Garcia was driving south when she lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway, skidded a few feet and hit the tree on the driver's side. She was the only person in the vehicle.
Investigators are trying to determine if speeding or intoxication were factors in the crash. Police have learned that Garcia had left a "get together" at another home and are waiting on toxicology reports from the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.
"The severity of the damage to the vehicle indicates the vehicle was traveling in excess of the 30 mph speed limit at the time of the crash," police spokesman Bryan Cose said in a Thursday email.
The family remained in shock Thursday.
"We've heard so many stories," Solano said. "We know she was headed home."