Two adults in coma, two children hospitalized after fatal Tuesday wreck
A day after Pastor Jimmy Robles lost his daughter Victoria in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday on the Southeast Side, he pressed forward with his mission and prepared a sermon for Saturday’s worship service at Last Chance Ministries.
“She just had a big heart,” he said. “She wanted to be a blessing to everyone. The homeless, and helping the children of the community.”
According to her father, Victoria Robles, 19, asked him for permission to take her boyfriend, Raymond Martinez, his sister Destiny and her four children, between 2 to 8 years old, to see the Texas coast at Corpus Christi.
“She said ‘Dad, can you give me permission to go to Corpus in one big trip and ... come back later?’” he recalled, noting she wanted to take Destiny Martinez’s children because they had never seen it before.
At about 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jimmy Robles texted his daughter, who replied that she was 45 minutes away.
“Then she never made it home.” he said. “I sat outside just until 3 a.m. in the morning texting her and not getting a response. At 6:30 a.m. I opened a Facebook and I saw the accident.”
Jimmy Robles’ son recognized his father’s Suburban, which Victoria borrowed for the trip.
At about 1:30 a.m., the group had approached the 8000 block of Southeast Loop 410. The driver lost control of the Suburban, sending it off the roadway and into the grassy center median, according to a San Antonio Police Department report.
There, it collided with a tri-cable center barrier and rolled over, ejecting six of the seven people inside the vehicle.
Police said it appeared that no seat belts or child safety seats were used.
Victoria Robles was pronounced dead at the scene, along with two of Destiny Martinez’s children. Only one child, 8-year-old Adrian R. Iorio, was identified Wednesday as among the dead by the San Antonio Police Department.
Raymond Martinez and his sister Destiny remain in a coma at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, Jimmy Robles said.
“She doesn’t know her children are dead,” Robles said. “The (surviving) children are also in pretty bad shape.”
Destiny Martinez’s surviving children, a 1- and 2-year- old, according to police, were sent to University Hospital.
Although he knew of the accident from social media, Robles wouldn’t receive confirmation of his daughter’s death from police until later that morning when SAPD Chief William McManus visited his home.
He had seen McManus days earlier on Friday when Robles hosted a citywide prayer service at City Hall.
“I already had prepared myself, but this is something you can’t really prepare for,” Robles said. “It pulls your heart out.”
When he visited the scene of the wreck Wednesday, Robles said he saw seat belt latches, suspension springs and other debris from the SUV strewn about.
Robles didn’t know who was driving the Suburban, but said his daughter was always very persistent when it came to buckling her seat belt.
“We don’t know who was driving, if it was a male or a female. We’ve heard so many different stories,” he said. “It is sad they didn’t have seat belts, that would’ve saved their lives.”
Victoria Robles had dreams of becoming a hair stylist, her father said, adding that she was enrolled in the Milan Institute of Cosmetology, needing only a few more hours to complete her degree.
“She was doing hair at one or two or three in the morning to save up some money to get to the coast,” Robles said.
On Wednesday, the institute sent Victoria’s diploma to her father.
A celebration of Victoria Robles’ life will be begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at Last Chance Ministries, 404 Brady Blvd.
Robles said the public is invited, adding that they will ride out to the accident site at Interstate 37 and W.W. White Road, then back to the ministry for music and testimony at 7 p.m.
“I still have a job to do and my job is to preach the gospel and to bring hope to the community,” he said.