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STUART, FL (WFLX) - One of the people who came by Thursday afternoon to visit Maria Tomas' memorial was her boyfriend.
He brought some roses to place there in Maria's memory.
He told us that he met her on the Internet, and they had dated for about two years.
Maria Tomas, who just turned 18 last week, was one of five teenagers in a car that went off the road and crashed into some trees Wednesday morning.
Troopers say a majority of the teens in the car were not wearing their seatbelts.
Eighteen-year-old Lleyni Perez of Indiantown was driving the car and, authorities say, she lost control going around a curve.
The five teens were on their way to South Fork High School, and Maria Tomas was a passenger in the backseat.
Maria's boyfriend can't believe she's gone. "She means everything to me. She meant everything. I wanted to have a family with her. But I guess it never happened. And, so now, I'll be praying for her every time. Thinking of her every time," said Sirilo Aguirre. "It is difficult for me to come here. I won't forget about the place where she died at."
The Florida Highway Patrol says they have not determined yet if the driver was speeding.
An FHP spokesman told us that charges are pending, but their investigation could take 60 to 90 days, and the state attorney's office will review the findings to determine whether the driver will face any charges.
He also said a majority of the teens in the car were not wearing their seatbelts.
He said based on the investigation so far, it appears only one of the five occupants was actually wearing a seatbelt. He wouldn't say which one had their seatbelt on.
FOX 29 also just got off the phone with the hospital. There were two boys being hospitalized.
One of them, Charlie Perez, was released from St. Mary's.
The other one, 16-year-old Miguel Tomas, is listed in serious condition.