The scene of a fatal car accident on Malaghans Rd, yesterday morning. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh
A woman was found dead yesterday morning after the vehicle
she was driving hit a tree on Malaghans Rd, between
Queenstown and Arrowtown.
Carolina Patron Costas (23), from Argentina, was the sole
occupant in a 1989 Honda Civic heading towards Arrowtown.
Emergency services, including the Arrowtown Volunteer Fire
Brigade, were notified about 6.45am and police said the woman
was dead when they arrived.
Acting Sergeant Terry Wood said it appeared she lost control
of the car, which slid sideways into a tree. The full impact
was on the driver's side and no other vehicles appeared to be
The woman was wearing a seat belt and there were no obvious
signs of alcohol.
A forensic crash investigator from Alexandra attended the
The Otago Daily Times understands the woman's body was
removed from the vehicle about 11am.
The woman's family had been notified and the Argentinian
embassy has been assisting with inquiries with her family.
The incident has been referred to the coroner and a vehicle
examination will be conducted.
Queenstown police would like to speak to anyone who may have
seen a metallic light brown Honda Civic vehicle travelling
towards Arrowtown, between 6.15am and 7am, on Malaghans Rd,
west of Coronet Peak Station Rd.