Katie Zeitino would pray out loud for other people, even for people she didn’t know and with passion in her voice, during prayer sessions at Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Ahwatukee.
A tragic collision in Tempe, which police blame on a suspected impaired driver, left many people praying for Zeitino instead – even if they only knew her as the pleasant clerk who served them at the Circle K at Chandler Boulevard and 32nd Street, Ahwatukee.
Zeitino, 30, was one of three family members killed in the head-on collision at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 2 near Hardy Drive and Southern Avenue, said Officer Lily Duran, a Tempe police spokeswoman.
Her husband, Miguel, 31, and mother-in-law, Magdalena Zeitino, 65, succumbed to their injuries at the scene and she died two days later.
Duran said the chain-reaction collision involved four vehicles and occurred when a van, driven by the DUI suspect, crossed over into the two-way left turn lane and then into the westbound lane.
She said police are not releasing at this time the name of driver, who was very seriously injured and remains under investigation.
“She lived her faith. She was genuine,’’ said Lamb of God Pastor Scott Martz, who visited Zeitino in the intensive care unit before she passed away and will preside at her funeral. “She was not judgmental. She would smile. There was nothing fake about Katie.’’
SOURCE: Jim Walsh, AFN