SAN ANGELO, TX –– Nearly ten months ago the San Angelo community mourned the tragic passing of Kristine "Kristy" Rodriguez in a fatal crash at the intersection of 19th and Chadbourne. To honor her memory her family is raising money to construct a memorial bench that will be placed near the intersection.
"Kristy passed away on January 25, 2021, while sitting at the traffic light at 19th and Chadbourne Streets. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, friend, and wife who always had an infectious smile and laughter," said her family in the GoFundMe. "She was always interested in the well-being of others and never hesitated to reach out to someone in need, especially those with mental health and emotional needs."
Family and friends are currently raising money to commission the bench with Smith Steelworks of Spanish Fork, Utah. The bench will include Kristy's picture and items that were important in her life, like mental health awareness. Kristy worked for MHMR Services of the Concho Valley at the San Angelo Clubhouse and part-time at GAFB's commissary.
"The family wanted a permanent memorial to honor Kristy who had a passion for helping people in the community with mental health needs," said the family in a statement. "Her job at the San Angelo Clubhouse opened her eyes to the mental health needs of her community and she saw how a wonderful venue like the Clubhouse could help people better their lives."
Her family hopes to have the bench in place by Christmas Day, which would have been Kristy's 39th birthday. The project is expected to take approximately six weeks to be completed.