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Mother who lost her son in a deadly crash gets help from her friends

Posted at 10:00 PM, Nov 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 01:11:15-05

A Tempe mother is in the hospital and waking up from a coma to find out her son is dead after a terrible crash. 

Jessica Allen-Lioi woke up from a coma only a week ago, and with her brain injury, it's unclear if she fully understands what happened.  

"It's been extremely difficult to see her in the hospital. She can't move. She can't speak," said Diana Rieger, who has been a colleague, friend, and neighbor to Jessica over the past five years. 

According to Mesa police, Jessica lost control of her vehicle at Ellsworth Road and Guadalupe Road on October, 28th.  

Her car jumped the median and collided head-on with a pickup.

Her 13-year-old son named Grayson died. Her other three kids survived. 

"The day before the accident they were all in here for about three hours after school. She went and picked them up. They're all so smart," said Rieger.

Now, Jessica's kids are waiting for a mom with a wildly uncertain future. 

"She has house payments and business payments. All those things just stopped with her having her injuries. Funeral expenses for her son," said Deborah Evans, another friend and colleague. 

Jessica is a single mom who owns her own dermatology practice called, "A Thousand Ships Cosmetic Dermatology" in Tempe. 

"When you're a client of Jessica's you may as well call her your friend," said Evans.

And now, those friends are trying to help. 

"Keep the house payments going; kids fed," said Evans.

They've already raised $30,000 dollars for Jessica through GoFundMe.  

And they're putting togethera big auction and fundraiser that will feature a night of music at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix on December 13th, 5:30p.m - 11p.m.

"Baskets you could put together, anything that can help Jessica and Grayson that's what we're looking for for the event," said Evans.

Evans added that anybody wanting to donate or help can contact her directly at: