IMMOKALEE, Fla. -- A car crash that killed two Immokalee teenagers has authorities trying to figure out what went wrong as families and friends continue to grieve. The crash happened near Westclox Street, just a quarter mile east of Carson Road in Immokalee.
According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, the deadly crash happened just after 5 a.m. Monday. It ended with two 17-year-olds dead and a 22-year-old in the hospital.
"Amanda was a very sweet person that stuck to herself. She was good straight A student. She was just a very good girl," said Cirildo Soliz, friend of Alvarado.
Soliz is left trying to figure out how his friends are gone. Two lives end after Soliz says 17-year-old Amanda Alvarado got into an argument with long time boyfriend 17-year-old Michael Perez.
"He was chasing her down and I guess that was the cause of the accident," said Perez.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Alvarado was a passenger in her friend's car when Perez started chasing the two in his car. Just after 5 a.m., troopers said Perez's car hit the left rear of the car Alvarado was in, causing them both to spin out of control.
Family members who didn't want to go on camera said the two had been dating for years and said it was a modern day Romeo and Juliet love story.
"She was like the girl next door. she was like your best friend. you asked her for a favor and she never said no. she always had a happy personality and humor," said Soliz.
"He is a good person and he's never hurt nobody," said Jose Cintron, friend of Michael Perez.
According to the report no one was wearing their seat belts. Troopers are investigating if Perez was under the influence of alcohol. They say Alvarado was not. Friends of the couple are trying to move forward.
"I love him and he's in a better place now," said Cintron.
"Its horrible. I guess what they say good people die young. Its just bad," said Soliz.
Family members tell WINK News Michael Perez was set to graduate from Immokalee High School on Friday. Amanda Alvarado had one more year at PACE before she would graduate.
As for the 22-year-old, she was on the one driving the car Alvarado was in, WINK News is told she is in serious condition at Naples Community Hospital.