Family of Gilbert crash survivor holds car wash fundraiser

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The family of a woman hurt when a car crashed into a building came together to show their support.

Haili Hill, 20, is still in a wheelchair, unable to walk. That's a sight that her mother, Jo Hill, is still trying to cope with.

"To see her in a wheelchair with the boots, and her legs that she can't walk on... it hurts, it breaks my heart," said the mother of three.

Haili was at the Pima Medical Institute in Gilbert on September 27 when an 87-year-old driver plowed into the building killing student Lacey Gruntorad and pinning Haili underneath.

Haili's legs were badly injured and she has since undergone multiple surgeries.

She spent days in the hospital so she was unable to work. That inspired Jo to organize a car wash fundraiser.

Many volunteers at the car wash in Scottsdale were inspired by Haili's determination to survive.

"She had the strength to pull herself out from underneath of that car and to keep her eyes open and continue fighting to stay awake," recalled her mom.

Haili tells ABC 15 that thinking about her 2-year-old daughter inspired her to keep fighting and to keep moving forward.

That fighting spirit is exactly what her mom says is going to pull her through this difficult time and walk again.

"She's very strong and very compassionate…and it will take her a while but she'll get there…she'll get there," Jo said.

Haili says it could take 12 weeks before she can even try to walk again.

Her family plans to hold another car wash October 19 in Avondale.

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