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OC police, Spark of Love brighten holiday for family who lost daughter

Grecia Meza (center) is seen with members of the Santa Ana Police Foundation after they worked with the Spark of Love Toy Drive to give her toys for Christmas. Meza, her mother and her 5-year-old sister were hit by a suspected drunk driver while crossing the street in June 2012. Her sister died and she and her mother sustained serious injuries.

December 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
It was a grand arrival to surprise 7-year-old Grecia Meza and her parents, Eloisa Magana and Jorge Meza, in a gesture to help brighten the holidays after they lost 5-year-old Osmara.

Osmara was killed in June while crossing the street in a crosswalk with her mom and her sister. Jessica Cowan, a suspected drunk driver, allegedly ran a red light, ploughed into them, then kept driving until a good Samaritan stopped her. Cowan has pleaded not guilty.

The crash left Grecia with head injuries. Magana remained in a coma for nearly two months. She says she has undergone physical therapy, but she has memory problems because of the brain injury.

Speaking in Spanish, Magana says she gets emotional. She feels Osmara is with them but she would love to be able to hold her.

It has been especially hard for the family since Meza had to quit his job to help his wife.

The Santa Ana Police Foundation and the Spark of Love Toy Drive wanted to help.

"There were a lot of Santa's helpers that collected the toys and brought them in here, so there's a lot of toys for Grecia," said Orange County Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion.

Grecia says she asked Santa for an iPod, and says she is happy with what's she's received so far.

"Hello Kitty, crayons and pens and a board," she said.

Some of the toys remind her of her sister.

"She would love it," Grecia said. "She would play with me. But I don't have her anymore."

Her father says he's happy and thankful to still have his wife and daughter, and he is grateful to the community for the act of kindness.