When she thinks about Sidney Chang, Juju Peck's thoughts immediately go to her sweet, serene smile.
"Her smile was literally contagious," Peck said. "Anytime she would smile she would make other people smile."
Chang, 15, died along with Amal Shurbaji, 18, after a June 3 crash on Interstate 5. They were occupants of a Jeep driven by a 17-year-old girl who lost control of the vehicle, which overturned south of Grapevine Road.
Peck said Chang was "happy, with a bubbly spirit," and someone who brought joy to a love of lives. Her favorite memory is when they went to formal and Chang, always humble, said she didn't think she looked good when in fact, Peck said, she was "so beautiful."
Although self-effacing, Chang maintained a positive outlook on all aspects of her life, and had planned to become a doctor, Peck said.
Peck's mother, Jerica Hawkins, said Chang had the enviable ability of making friends with everyone she met and surmounting difficulties with ease.
"She could skate through anything life threw at her," Hawkins said.
Chang had recently completed her freshman year at Stockdale High School, where Shurbaji had just graduated.
Shurbaji was headed to UC Berkeley to study political science. She volunteered for the campaign of Cynthia Zimmer for district attorney.
Zimmer, elected the county's top prosecutor this week to replace outgoing District Attorney Lisa Green, wrote on Facebook: "Amal was so bright, and quizzed me about so many political issues. She was ready to conquer the world. I am so proud to have known her and am deeply saddened by this tragedy."
Sonia Dhillon, in response to the post, wrote that her family is heartbroken.
"She was one of my daughter's best friends," she wrote. "We still can’t believe this has happened. My condolences to the family."
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support scholarships in the girls' names.
The page says: "Current and future donations will be contributed to a scholarship dedicated to the girls as the Shurbaji-Chang Scholarship. The scholarship is planned to have the final amount raised split in halves to somebody pursuing the medical field (for Sidney) while the other half goes to somebody pursuing the law field (for Amal)."
The driver of the Jeep that Chang and Shurbaji were traveling in "took evasive action and lost control of the vehicle" when another vehicle changed lanes directly in front of it, the California Highway Patrol reported. The CHP has not released the driver's name.
The Jeep traveled into the center median where it struck a raised asphalt curb and embankment then overturned an unknown number of times. The driver and a third passenger were injured.
Officer Richard Anthes, spokesman for the CHP's Fort Tejon office, said Friday there's no new information to release, but investigators are looking into several leads, and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the CHP at 248-6655.
The crash came just days after AAA sent out a news release on the "100 Deadliest Days," the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day where fatal crashes involving teenagers experience a spike compared to the rest of the year.
More than 1,050 people were killed in crashes where a teen driver was involved from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2016, an average of 10 fatalities per day, according to AAA.
Services for Shurbaji have already been held. A celebration of life service for Chang is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Assembly of God on California Avenue.