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Survivor of deadly massage school crash speaks out

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GILBERT, Ariz. -

She was one of two women pinned underneath a car that rammed into a massage therapy classroom in Gilbert more than a week ago.

For the first time, Sunday night, she opened up about the tragedy that killed her friend.

20-year-old Haili Hill was released from the hospital this weekend.

Her legs were mangled in the crash and she's still in a lot of pain, physically and emotionally.

She says she knows she's lucky to be alive.

Haili Hill is grateful to be there for her 2-year-old daughter, but memories of a horrible scene are stuck on repeat in her mind.

"I remember the car coming through the glass. I don't know how, I still don't know how, but I got an instinct to stand up fast enough," said Hill.

The car pushed her and 22-year-old Lacey Gruntorad through a wall before coming to rest on top of them.

"I kept saying, 'Lacey, Lacey if you can hear me, say something,' and she wouldn't answer me...but I couldn't see her, but I knew. I knew," said Hill.

" I just wanted to fall asleep. I didn't know what else to do. Someone was already dead and I didn't know what to do. I didn't know if they were going to make it in time and no one could get down to me," said Hill.

She says it took nearly 30 minutes before firefighters could get her out.

"The car kept revving up and I just kept getting more scared and I could feel all this pain and all I knew it was coming from my legs," said Hill.

Her legs took the brunt of the impact.

She's had several surgeries and it'll be at least two months before she's able to walk again.

But, she believes it the instinct to stand up right before the impact saved her life.

"I'm glad I'm here, but then Lacey's gone. I'm glad I was so lucky, but...sometimes you kind of feel bad for being the lucky one," said Hill.

Hill has a long road of recovery ahead of her.

She says she doesn't want to go back to that massage therapy school because, understandably, she doesn't ever want to be in that building again.

As for the 87-year-old driver who caused the crash, she was not hurt and Gilbert Police haven't charged her with a crime.

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