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Pasco girl recovering after being severely injured in fatal crash

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

The 16-year-old girl, who was severely injured in a crash Friday that killed her best friend and injured two other teens, still has a long road ahead of her in recovery.

Jamie Florio is at Tampa General Hospital with burns to her legs and feet and a broken leg. She will undergo skin grafts Tuesday and faces several surgeries in the future.

"She was trapped in the front too. She burned her hands because her feet were on fire, her sneakers, she was pushing those off and pulling herself from being pinned," said Mike Florio, Jamie's father. 

Florio says a Good Samaritan, Jennifer Paige, came and was able to break out the window and pull Jamie to safety.

Her best friend, 16- year-old Kevin Monaco, the driver of the van, died in the fire.

"I'm extremely thankful. I just feel bad for Kevin's mom, that's one of the worst things to have happened to somebody," said Florio.

Florio says the two teens were best friends and often hung out together since kindergarten.

Jamie was about to get her driver's license in a week, and they allowed her to ride with her friend, Kevin.

"I don't blame anybody. It's not anybody's fault. They're just kids," said Florio.

Troopers say Monaco “failed to negotiate the curve safely” and ran off the road near Forest Lake Drive in Port Richey at 2:55 p.m. on Friday.

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