Young woman killed when car crashes into massage school - FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com

Young woman killed when car crashes into massage school

Updated:
  • Arizona HeadlinesMore>>

  • FOX 10 News Update

    Get a news update in 2 minutes

    Here is your news update for today, with some of our current top stories and your weather forecast!
    Here is your news update for today, with some of our current top stories and your weather forecast!
  • Bullhead City Police searching for missing 8-year-old girl

    Bullhead City Police searching for missing 8-year-old girl

    Police in Bullhead City are receiving help from the FBI and the National Center for Missing Exploited children after a child went missing early Tuesday morning.Authorities are searching for 8-year-old Isabella Grogan-Cannella, who was last seen wearing a green tank top and dark colored shorts.
    Police in Bullhead City are receiving help from the FBI and the National Center for Missing Exploited children after a child went missing early Tuesday morning.Authorities are searching for 8-year-old Isabella Grogan-Cannella, who was last seen wearing a green tank top and dark colored shorts.
  • Stolen trailer returned to youth group

    Stolen trailer returned to youth group

    A thief stole a trailer full of sporting goods that meant a lot to a group of kids in north Phoenix.One of those kids made a discovery that got those items back.All of the equipment was returned back where it belongs at The Refuge Youth Center.
    A thief stole a trailer full of sporting goods that meant a lot to a group of kids in north Phoenix.One of those kids made a discovery that got those items back.All of the equipment was returned back where it belongs at The Refuge Youth Center.
GILBERT, Ariz. -

A female student was killed and 11 others were injured after a car plowed into a massage therapy school building near Baseline and Power Road on Friday.

Gilbert Police say an 87-year-old woman somehow crashed her car into a Pima Medical Institute classroom filled with students.

According to police, 12 people were hit: seven of them were treated for minor injuries at the scene, three were taken to a hospital and one person was killed.

Pima Medical Institute President Mark Luebke says the person killed was 22-year-old student Lacey Gruntorad. 

"She was a beautiful young girl, she was excited to start a new career. I just think somebody who was really trying hard to go and do something new, it's been cut short for her," said Luebke. "Our hearts really go out to the families of those who were seriously hurt."

He says there were eight students and an instructor in the room when the woman collided into the building. It is unclear where the other two injured people were at the time. A witness said she was going about 40 miles per hour.

"She's been excited for awhile to get into school, to further her life and be ready for the future. She had so many plans," said family friend Brandon Sharp.

"This is tragic knowing that you come to school, it's a normal day, you don't think something like that is going to happen, and then your whole world is turned upside down," said student Trailee Schanan.

The elderly driver and her passenger are okay, police say.

Investigators are trying to figure out exactly how the crash happened. Drugs or alcohol aren't suspected to be a factor in the crash, but it's possible she may have had a medical condition.

The classroom was full of new students learning massage therapy. We're told they only started about three weeks ago. Grief counselors have been brought in.

Gruntorad worked at Starbucks while she was going to massage school.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices