Lysette Brown was killed on her way to work when her car
and a truck collided on the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway
on Monday morning.
The truck driver involved in a crash that killed
Whenuapai mother Lysette Brown was on his way to deliver chairs
to his sister's wedding.
Hours later the wedding went ahead as planned, but instead of
celebrating, the bride's family were consumed with sadness
for a woman they knew for her local coffee-making business.
It is understood Ms Brown, 27, was heading to set up her
mobile coffee stand on Monday when she and a white Isuzu
truck driven by West Auckland man Bunaid Zakeri collided at
Ms Brown's family were still reeling from her death yesterday
and aunt Vicky Watkins said it was too soon for any of them
to speak publicly about the tragedy.
"The grief is very raw ... even for those of us that saw
Lysette only probably three to four times a year," she said.
"She was very much a special and adored young woman. She made
every effort she could in her busy life to keep in touch with
others ... a beautiful, kind, decent, hardworking, awesome
Mrs Watkins had earlier posted on her Facebook page about her
niece, describing her as a "shining star".
"Feeling pretty damn angry right now. How cruel life can
really be," she wrote.
"A beautiful, decent, kind, loving young mother of four wee
children taken away from them in the blink of an eye. In only
a moment, four kiddies left without their mummy. Tragic."
Ms Brown's sister could not be reached yesterday, but last
year published a moving post about the young mother on
"A sister who beyond all odds, though she wouldn't see it
that way, strives for perfection and always gives 110 per
cent to her beautiful daughters."
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. Ms
Brown suffered severe injuries and was "heavily entrapped" in
the mangled wreckage. She died at the scene.
The Isuzu was owned by Mr Zakeri's brother, Akram, who spoke
to the Herald yesterday.
"My brother was moving some chairs. He was supposed to drop
them in New Lynn for my sister's wedding," he said.
"The road was too wet ... he saw the lady coming towards him
... and then he didn't know what happened.
"He ran over the road to the lady. He tried to help her, she
was unconscious. Then he ran to the neighbours, banged and
banged on the door and said call an ambulance.
"He's really shocked, he is still shaking. I saw him this
morning ... he is just really upset. He's saying he doesn't
know what happened."
When Mr Zakeri's sister Shukraya and the rest of the family
heard about the crash, they immediately tried to cancel the
"But it was too late. My brother did not go to the wedding,"
Akram Zakeri said. "Everyone was just really upset. We just
feel so sorry for the lady. We don't care about anything
else, we just care about that lady who died."
The Zakeri family want to meet Ms Brown's family and offer
their support and condolences.
Akram Zakeri said many of his relatives knew Ms Brown for her
mobile coffee business.
"We never expected this. It is a disaster."
*Bunaid Zakeri's white Isuzu truck and Lysette Brown's black
Toyota collided at 7.22am on Monday on the
*It was one of four deaths during the Easter holiday period.
- Anna Leask, NZ Herald