Friend of teen killed in crash calls her "a guardian angel"

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Montgomery, AL (WSFA) - Family and friends are mourning the loss of a Pike Road teen killed Tuesday in a car accident.

Amanda Pounds, 19, died after being thrown from her vehicle when it ran off the road and crashed into a tree along Alabama Highway 110.

"She was such an advocate of wearing your seatbelt. I couldn't believe Amanda Pounds had an accident," said friend Caitlin Skeen.

"When I heard, I just got up and got the Christmas present I was supposed to give to her the day before and went to her house.  I wanted to be there for her family like she was there for mine."

Last November, Caitlin was badly injured in her own car accident; doctors weren't sure if she was going to make it.

Amanda Pounds was the first friend by her side.

Skeen said, ""She was almost what I'd like to call my guardian angel."

Throughout her recovery, Amanda stayed with her in the hospital, and when she finally got to go home, Amanda there every day at her house.  She even created a "Pray for Caitlin Skeen" Facebook page, constantly updating friends and family of Caitlin's condition.

"She wanted nothing in return. It was just a selfless act.  Every morning I would wake up, and she was there," Caitlin remembered.

She says it's the perfect example of the kind of person Amanda was, and she'll never forget what a blessing Amanda was.

"If not for her, I honestly don't know if I would even be here."

While Caitlin says the grieving process will take some time, she finds strength in advice Amanda once gave to her-- that God's grace will get you through anything.

Skeen said, "Amanda wouldn't want us to be sad. She would want us to be happy for the life she lived while she was here."

Friends also say her favorite hobby was breeding and showing cows, and she is well decorated with 4-H awards.

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