A Hamilton woman killed when her car and a bus collided had
just graduated from university and had a fresh start in a new
Lynelle Joy Bray was taking a close friend back to his home
on Monday afternoon when the car she was driving was in a
collision with a bus at a four-way intersection controlled by
traffic lights in the suburb of Beerescourt shortly before
The 46-year-old mother of two died at the scene.
Her friend suffered moderate injuries and was yesterday
understood to have had surgery for a broken arm at Waikato
Karen Donald, Ms Bray's only sibling, yesterday told the
Herald her family were in shock and were making their way to
her Hamilton home with some travelling from Australia.
Ms Bray had just completed her final accounting papers at
Waikato University and was to start a new job in February,
"She had just been offered a new job, so it was a new start
for her with a Hamilton firm ... it's so unfair.
"She had a great life and was a really beautiful,
kind-spirited woman, the kind whose smile would light up a
room - she was my everything sister."
Ms Donald said Ms Bray had an outgoing personality but "was
also a bit of a homebody".
Her family had celebrated Christmas a week early with their
elderly mother who had recently had heart surgery.
She said the funeral was likely to be in her hometown of
Taupo this week.
Inspector Marcus Lynam, the acting Waikato road policing
manager, said it was too early to comment on the cause of the
But he said checking the sequencing of the traffic lights at
the intersection where the crash happened would be part of
the police investigation.
At the time of going to print, the Waikato road toll stood at
22 for 2013 - the lowest figure ever in a region which has
traditionally recorded some of the worst statistics for road
deaths in the country.
- James Ihaka