PHOENIX (3TV / CBS5) – Friends remember a local animal rescue worker who was killed in a highway accident over the weekend. Traci Cook, a team leader for the Humane Animal Rescue and Trapping Team (HARTT), says she learned Saturday night that her friend Adrienne Ayala was killed in a car accident. Cook says she last saw Ayala when she stopped by to swap equipment on Saturday afternoon.
“We’d tell each other a few stories, hug them and kiss them and say, ‘Okay, see you soon,'” says Cook. Hours later, Cook said she received a call from another mutual friend who said soldiers were trying to reach Ayala’s husband. Ayala’s employer, Jacinto Carranza of Arizona Pallet LLC, says he helped convey the tragic news of soldiers to Ayala’s husband, telling him in Spanish that his wife was involved in an accident on Loop 101 near 27th Avenue was killed.
The Department of Public Safety didn’t provide many details about the accident, only to say that two cars were involved in the fatal wreck. “He’s obviously very devastated,” said Cook of Ayala’s husband.
Cook says Ayala’s husband was hospitalized with other health problems after learning of his wife’s loss. Friends set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Ayala’s funeral expenses and continued care for her husband. HARTT volunteers say they are not surprised by the heartfelt tributes Ayala continues to give.
âHer employees and her boss loved her,â says Cook. “I got some lovely text messages and messages from old classmates just saying what an inspiration she was and an overall wonderful person.”
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