LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Family and friends are remembering Melissa Newton, the 36-year old woman who died in a suspected DUI crash last Thursday in Summerlin.
"Melissa was a girl who lit up a room with a smile, and she would bring you up when you were feeling down," friend Christi Chadwick-Gatten said.
Chadick-Gatten and Newton were friends for more than five years. Their kids went to school together and they were on PTA for several years.
"She and I would take a morning runs and drop the kids to school and meet up at a coffee place. Do the books together and balance everything," Chadwick-Gatten said.
As a mother of three girls, Newton never missed a beat with them, Chadwick Gatten said. Whether it was surprising them with a Disney Cruise or attending their dance events.
Newton was someone Chadwick-Gaten could turn to for anything.
"She would bring you up if you were feeling down. If she were here right now she'd say knock it off," Chadwick-Gatten said.
Newton now leaves behind three young girls. Chadwick-Gatten hopes more people learn from this tragedy to never get behind the wheel after drinking.
"This was a senseless act of stupidity," Chadwick-Gatten said. "Unfortunately this accident happened and it's happening way to much in Las Vegas and Clark County and it has to stop."
A GoFundMe has been made for the daughters. The initial goal of $15,000 was surpassed within the first few hours; the new goal is $60,000. The funds will go to help the daughters educational needs.
On May 30th, DUI suspect Scott Gragson, a well known Valley businessman was accused of crashing his SUV into the Ridges community.
Gragson is expected to be back in court in October.