Friend remembers Gilbert woman killed after car crashes into building

Family and friends are mourning the loss of a 22-year-old Gilbert woman a day after police say a driver slammed into a day spa , killing her and injuring 10 other people.

Friends say 22-year-old Lacey Gruntorad had a bright future ahead of her and she had just started training at the massage school three weeks ago.

Now they're devastated she's gone.

Shattered glass and a memorial of flowers mark the spot where Lacey lost her life.

Just a few weeks ago, her friends say, she came to Spa Pima with so many goals for the future.

"She was definitely an amazing person. When she walked into a room, she lit it up. She was one of those people that everybody knew," said Lynzey Orozco, who met Lacey in junior high.

She says her compassion for others stood out.

"Even when she worked at Starbucks, she'd write things on people's cups, like 'have a great day,' or 'nice to meet you,' stuff like that. Personalize it for people. She just cared about everybody," Orozco said.

Lynzey actually drove by the day spa near Baseline and Power roads right after it all happened.

It wasn't until later she learned Lacey had been killed.

"I was like, 'Oh my God,' it kicked in, I was just shocked. 'Cause that's a person I went to high school with, junior high with," she said.

She says so many people are hurting now that she's gone.

"There could've been more casualties in that than there were. And I'm thankful that the people that were just injured are alive today, but at the same point, it wasn't her time. It wasn't. She was too young," Orozco said.

So Lynzey is helping Lacey's family the only way she knows how, by throwing them a fundraiser at the Dairy Queen where she works.

"I want to make it as easy as possible for her family. She was there for me, for a long time. Whenever I needed someone to talk to, she would be there. I feel like this is the least I can do," she said.

She's calling it a celebration of Lacey's life and the happiness she gave to others.

"In some way, shape or form, she touched everybody," Orozco said.

The fundraiser will be held at the Dairy Queen on Higley and Baseline roads in Gilbert on October 9 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fifteen percent of the proceeds will go to Lacey's family and donations will also be accepted.

Gilbert Police don't know why the 87-year-old driver crashed into the building yet.

They don't believe she was impaired.

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