The Weatherford community is mourning the loss of 6-year-old Silvia Ponce who died after the vehicle she was riding in was struck from behind on Farm-to-Market Road 51 North Monday afternoon.
The Toyota Corolla Silvia was a passenger in was stopped to make a left-hand turn onto Stonebridge Drive, next to the newly built Dollar General on FM 51 about four miles north of Weatherford, and was awaiting northbound traffic to pass when a Dodge Ram pickup that was towing a flatbed trailer failed to control its speed and struck the rear of the Toyota, according to Department of Public Safety Sgt. Ricky Hunter. The driver of the Toyota, Angela Quintana Correra, 43, of Weatherford, and a 12-year-old female passenger were both transported to Fort Worth area hospitals with undisclosed injuries.
Silvia was a student at Seguin Elementary School.
“Weatherford ISD lost a treasured member of the Seguin Elementary School family. Silvia Ponce, a kindergarten student, passed away Monday afternoon from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. This is an incredibly sad time for all of us, especially those who knew her as a friend and student,” WISD Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hanks said. “Silvia was soft spoken, gentle and hard working. She was independent, always willing to help others, and had a heart of gold. Silvia’s favorite subjects were math, reading and art, and she was a blooming artist with talent. Our hearts are with the family during this difficult time.”
Donations can be made directly to Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Home — 913 N. Elm St. — in Weatherford.
A GoFundMe account has also been set up in Silvia’s honor by family member Aimee Lino.
“We have no words to describe the grief that their family is experiencing right now, and many friends and family have asked for how they can help in this difficult time,” Lino wrote on the GoFundMe account. “I have set up this GoFundMe account to help them cover the costs of the funeral services to honor sweet Sylvia’s life and any hospital bills they will acquire. We thank everyone for their support, prayers and condolences in this difficult time.”
As of 3:45 p.m. Thursday, the GoFundMe account had raised $7,995 of the $10,000 goal.
Those who want to donate can visit www.gofundme.com and search “In loving memory of Silvia Ponce.”
A small group of family friends are also holding a tamale delivery fundraiser, selling them for $12 per dozen, which has been coordinated by Elvira Rodriguez who attends church with the Ponce family.
“We have green chile with chicken and pork with chile and we have 250 dozen,” Rodriguez said. “We can take the orders and then we’re delivering Saturday and Sunday. I’m so happy with the way people have responded to help the family, it’s the best thing.”
Rodriguez said they can also meet people in parking lots if they’re out and about.
To place an order for tamales, call Rodriguez at 817-675-4462.