By Sylvia Gonzalez
GREENWOOD - On Friday, a fatal car accident on County Road 1130 and Highway 80 took the life of 17-year-old Wendy Caldera.
It all happened when she was crossing the railroad tracks and was headed to the access road when she failed to yield to a stop sign. A pickup on the access road slammed into her on the driver's side.
On Monday, Greenwood residents will hold a vigil in memory of Wendy.
"She was an amazing friend and even though we had our fallouts something always pushed us back together, I think someone knew our time was limited," Marissa Wood, Wendy's best friend, said.
Marissa Wood was not only the best friend of Wendy Caldera, she is also the one organizing the vigil. She said, even though they had their ups and downs, Wendy was the kind of friend she wishes everyone would have.
"She was an amazing girl. She told you everything how it was, whether you liked it or not. She was a good person," Wood said.
Marissa says its hard for her to accept the fact that her best friend is no longer here.
"It's been hard. She's been my best friend for so long. Sometimes it still doesn't feel real, like she's gonna walk in the door someday and be like 'ha ha' the joke is on you and I know she's not," Wood said.
16-year-old Veronica Onzures had known Wendy since they were little girls. She has kept in contact with Wendy's Family and she says they are not doing so well, especially her mother who was just released from the hospital on Sunday after giving birth to twin girls.
"No words can explain their sorrow and just bad all around. We've been to their house since Friday. Just off and on going and it's just never better, never different atmosphere. The same sorrow and fear," Onzures said.
Onzures has a piece of advice for anyone that takes their loved ones for granted.
"Times like this is an eye-opener that we don't know what we truly have until it's gone. We are all gonna miss Wendy, I'm sure," Onzures said.