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Mother honors daughter killed in tragic crash

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ESCONDIDO (CBS 8) - A mother is honoring her daughter's memory by pushing for organ donation.

One year ago, Ashley Garcia was a passenger in a car that flew off a road known as "Roller Coaster Highway" in Escondido, and landed in a swimming pool. Garcia was an organ donor, and helped save lives.

Kara Laxson is a mom on a mission.

"Today, I'm honoring my daughter as a hero. So it's not focusing on the accident, not the negativity of losing her," she said.

Ashley Garcia was just 22 years old when the car she was in lost control and landed upside down in the pool. It happened exactly one year ago. The driver, a male friend of Ashley's, survived. She later died, but managed to save others with her passing.

"She was able to save four lives, five of her organs," Laxson said.

That's where Monday's silent auction and fundraiser at Chili's comes in. Kerry Young, who worked with Ashley at the popular chain restaurant helped organize the event, which hopes to raise money and awareness for organ donation.

"I think it's a great opportunity to pass on life. It doesn't have to be a finalization of life at all," Young said.

While the auction items are only available at the Chili's on West Valley Parkway in Escondido, people can still bid online.

Chili's is also giving 15 percent from sales Monday at all San Diego locations to the cause.

It's a cause Ashley's mom admits she was first skeptical of, but now cherishes its ability to help others and her daughter's memory live on.

"I was able to look at it from the perspective of there's nothing I can do to save Ashley, but she could go on to save numerous people," she said.

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