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Friends, family mourn West Liberty man killed in Mexico crash

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Ronald and Maggie Christy Ronald and Maggie Christy
WEST LIBERTY (KWWL) - A community is mourning the tragic death of an Eastern Iowa man killed in a bus crash in Mexico.

74-year old Ronald Christy of West Liberty was one of 11 people killed - including 7 americans - when a semi slammed into a tour bus in northern Mexico on Monday. His wife, Maggie Christy, was critically injured. Officials say the semi driver was drunk and will face charges.

We spoke with family and friends of Ron and Maggie Christy, and all had great things to say about them. They say Ron was the kind of guy who'd help just about anyone who asked for it, and now wish his wife Maggie a fast recovery.

"It's gonna be quite a loss," said Thomas Brooke, who's lived just across the street from the Christys for 25 years.

"They were always around to help others. If the neighbors needed something, if the church needed something, they would go ahead and do it."

Brooke says the Christys were enjoying retirement, spending the winter months in Texas, and voluntering to lead tours into Mexico. He says Maggie supports an orphanage there.

"She would take toys down there," Brooke said.

A woman living nearby told me Ron was always working on something in his toolshed out back - once sharpening her lawnmower blades.

Jose Vargas moved next door to the Christys three years ago.

"For me, they were nice neighbors," he said. He described Ron simply as a "good guy," and told us their wives enjoyed chatting. "He was always helping me to clean up the garbage, and things like that, and they sometimes watched my children."

In the meantime, a prayer chain has been set up at Ron and Maggie's church, First Church United Christian and Presbyterian.

Brooke hopes Maggie will come back soon. "I'm sure she will be back and living here across the street, but we'll really miss Ron."

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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