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Flowers, balloons and cards of sympathy mark the spot on Summit Lake Road where 17-year-old Amanda Winters died while driving to school Monday.

The Washington State Patrol said the accident happened around 6:30 a.m.

Winters father was the first to discover the crash, authorities said.

Investigators are still determining a cause for the crash. Neighbors in the Summit Lake area said accidents and speeding on the road are frequent.

Winters was a senior at Capital High School, which provided counseling to students affected by the tragedy.

I feel like I lost part of my life, said friend Vanna Altheide, It s really not fair.

Altheide was among a large group of people who paid respects to Winters at the crash site Monday evening. Friends said Winters pre-celebrated her birthday the night before the crash with her family.

I just don t understand why she had to be taken, Altheide continued, She was such a good person and the had so much to offer the world.

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