Two years ago today tragedy struck the Drozdz family. 18-year-old Gabby Drozdz was walking with friends to Alpine Fest along Church Road in Lake Zurich. If you live around the area like I do, you know that this area is dangerous, it doesn’t have sidewalks, there is no lighting despite it being in a school zone. However, it is a heavily traveled road especially by foot given it’s location to downtown Lake Zurich. It sounds like there are improvements that are being fought for so that is good to hear, now on to remembering Gabby, and helping.
This is a story that means a lot to me, I didn’t know Gabby personally, but turns out I know the ones closest to her. I saw the story when it happened, you couldn’t miss it if you lived in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. As soon as I saw the story I was disturbed by it, how can a person drive their vehicle into other human beings and just keep going? That’s exactly what happened, Gabby and two of her friends were run down by a faceless driver. Gabby’s friends made it through okay, however Gabby did not, and her promising life was ripped away. Then I saw more of the articles coming out in the paper and news stories with comments from her family, that’s when my heart sank. Scott Grzelak is Gabby’s brother, he also helped me out by installing a few doors in my house, and is married to my good friend Kristin who I went to High School with and have known since a young age, I was sick to my stomach. Since this day I have done my absolute best to remember Gabby (picture is of me wearing Gabby’s shirt) and help support the cause to find her killer.
I don’t ask a lot, and I don’t usually use this space for personal posts, but I felt it was necessary today on the two-year anniversary of a day many people I know will never forget to remember Gabby, and given the fact that I can reach a lot of people with said post it’s the least I can do to try and help. If you feel the urge to help please donate at the link listed below, and visit the site remembering Gabby so you to can understand what a special person she was. RIP Gabby, I really wish I could have met you.
A $10,000 reward for information leading the arrest of the driver responsible for Drozdz’s death is still available.
If you have any information about this accident, call Lake County CrimeStoppers at 847-662-2222. All tips can remain confidential.
For more information, and to donate to the reward fund, visit www.gabbydrozdz.com. Also, you can support Scott’s local small business Rustic Elements, they feature handmade tables and furniture with a rustic flare.