COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A 16-year-old girl is being remembered after a deadly crash on I-75. Early this morning a tanker truck hit a minivan stopped on the interstate, killing both drivers. Janelle Arvelaez was killed just two days after her 16th birthday.
Questions still surround why she was on the road so late. One friend says she was on her way to a friends house in Naples.
"I'm just hoping that she is in a better place, that's all I want for her to be, she deserves it."
It's a nightmare turned reality. The deadly accident that killed 16-year-old Janelle Arvelaez is news very difficult for her friends to piece together.
"I consider her my sister and she considered me her brother, I just wish I could have been there for her when she needed it," said friend Jose Gonzalez.
They say they are struggling knowing Janelle is never coming home.
"I just found out that it was her and I just broke down; I fell down on the floor and my mom had to come and help me," said Gonzalez.
"I kind of acceptin wanted to accept it as a joke. Maybe it's not the Janelle that I know. I didn't really believe it until it started to set in and then I'm just like I can't believe she's gone," said friend Bryan Rivis.
They describe her as a girl with a unique gift.
"I'm going to remember her personality and how she always put a smile on my face, she was never down, she would always be in a happy mood no matter what."
Early Thursday morning, I-75 was the scene of a deadly accident. Florida Highway Patrols says Arvelaez' mini van was stopped on the far right hand lane just before the Pine Ridge Road exit. A tanker truck hit the van ejecting Arevelaez and 48-year-old Alexander Brener, killing them both.
"You can't just get used to not seeing someone everyday, seeing them so much at school and not seeing them ever again," said Rivis.
We're told the driver of tanker truck drove for Brenntag North America. He was on his way to Coconut Creek, Fl. to drop off about 4,500 gallons of bleach. More than half of it did spill on the side of the interstate, however, Brenntag, FDOT and the Department of Health say there is no environmental threat.