An 18-year-old Arizona State University student seriously injured after a vehicle struck her in Tempe on Aug. 15, a day before her first day in college, was scheduled to undergo her fifth surgery Monday, according to a GoFundMe account established by supporters.

Kayla Gonzalez of Tempe was walking on the sidewalk on University Drive near the First United Methodist Church, just west of College Avenue, shortly after 1:30 p.m., when a black BMW swerved off the roadway and struck her, according to the GoFundMe account started by Tempe Vice Mayor Lauren Kuby.

Tempe police spokesman Gabriel Gomez said a BMW was traveling east on University Drive when it veered onto the sidewalk to avoid hitting a westbound truck failing to yield while making a turn into the church parking lot.

“Impairment was not a factor,” Gomez said.

The GoFundMe account said Kayla suffered two broken legs, a severely injured pelvis and lost a toe.

Gonzalez may miss about a year of school while she recovers, the GoFundMe account said.

“We’ve been dealing with a lot of stuff,” Kayla’s father, Victor Gonzalez, told The Arizona Republic.

“She asks why her, why her. It’s a really tough question, and I don’t even know what I have to say to her,” Gonzalez said.

Family and friends have continuously visited her since her hospitalization, Gonzalez said.

“They come over to her room, she starts getting excited and she forgets a little bit about it.”

More than $3,000 for medical costs has been raised towards a $25,000 goal as of Monday afternoon.


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