Marilla crash victim memorialized at crash site

Posted at 11:58 PM, Dec 09, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-04 23:58:25-05

Friends and family of 19-year-old Amanda "Manda" Macaluso gathered to remember her, one day after a deadly crash in Marilla.

"I'm having a hard time grasping the fact that I'm never going to see her again," Alexio Medina said.

Medina was dating Macaluso.  He says she was coming from his house when she crashed.

"She was an amazing girl.  She had a heart of gold.  She was absolutely beautiful.  Just as beautiful on the inside as she was outside," Medina said.

The accident happened about 3:45 Monday afternoon.  As a volunteer firefighter, Medina heard this call on the scanner and rushed to the scene.

"I can't even describe the feeling I had when I pulled up and I saw her car.  I just I feel numb.  I feel everything and I feel nothing... It's so surreal to me and I just can't put it all together yet," Medina said.

Manda crashed right outside Brad Rogers' Bullis Road home.  He had little to say about the crash, one day later.  His actions spoke volumes of his character, moments after impact.

"I tried to reach in to see if I could feel a pulse on her arm.  I couldn't feel anything I was talking to her.  I had no response out of her. I just kept assuring her, hang in there please, there's help on the way sweetie.  It'll be here, it's on its way.  You can hear the ambulance, you could hear the sirens, I wanted her to feel like somebody was there with her and that help was on the way..." Rogers said.

Flowers and flickering candles mark the spot where Amanda Macaluso died.  Mourners' candle light was as bright as her smile.

Deputies say Macaluso didn't stop at a stop sign, before the accident.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

No funeral plans have been announced.