From her official CBS bio
"Cristina Coria was born and raised in Santa Monica,
California, and grew up in a family of police officers who
worked for the Santa Monica Police Department. At the age of
12, Coria lost her father when he was shot and killed in an
unsolved murder. After her father died, her mother raised
her and her four siblings all by herself.
Coria started her career in law enforcement at the age of
14. She was a Santa Monica police explorer, police cadet,
parking enforcement officer, community service officer,
Santa Monica College police officer and then Santa Monica
police officer. She has also worked as a waitress, sales
clerk and as an instructor at the El Camino College Reserve
Police Academy. She also volunteered for the Santa Monica
Police Activities League and taught dance to kids.
Coria has been a police officer for almost 14 years. During
this time, she has gone through two life-threatening
experiences. First, she was nearly crushed to death when she
was pinned up against her police car by another vehicle
driven by an intoxicated driver. Second, she sustained an
almost career-ending injury to her left arm after being shot
by a murder suspect during a hostage standoff which occurred
on the Santa Monica Pier on July 4, 2000. She sustained
severe bone and nerve damage and was initially advised by
doctors that she might lose her arm. After extensive
reconstructive surgery she was told by doctors that she
would never be able to have full use of her arm again nor
return back to work. Through dedication, determination,
faith and perseverance, she beat the odds and regained use
of her arm. In 2001, she returned back to work full duty
patrolling the streets of Santa Monica. After such
hardships, she manages to keep upbeat and continues to have
a positive outlook on life.
In addition to patrol duty, Coria has worked as a technical
consultant on the movie "Angel Eyes" with Jennifer Lopez.
She was also on E! Entertainment for Red Carpet
Confidential and received a makeover on the show. She
appeared on the Discovery Health Channel, a Police Rape
Awareness video, MTV's Y2K Ball and numerous news
programs as a result of being shot on July 4, 2000.
Coria enjoys playing volleyball, dancing, exercising and
running. She also loves to swim and recently started to
surf. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area. Her
birth date is April 18, 1971."