Crash victim 'felt at home in Queenstown'

The family of accident victim Carolina Patron Costas, her mother Magdalena, father Jose and brother Jose jun, lay flowers at the scene of last week's fatal crash. Photo by Olivia Caldwell.
The family of accident victim Carolina Patron Costas, her mother Magdalena, father Jose and brother Jose jun, lay flowers at the scene of last week's fatal crash. Photo by Olivia Caldwell.
A little peace came yesterday for the family of Carolina Patron Costas when her mother, father and brother visited the scene of the crash in which she died on a busy Wakatipu road.

The 23-year-old lawyer, who was working at Millbrook Resort, "loved New Zealand" and planned to travel through Asia from December 24 when her working visa ran out, her brother, Jose jun, said yesterday.

Her plans were cut short when on Thursday her car hit a tree on Malaghans Rd on her way to work, leaving her family back home in Argentina shattered.

Carolina was the youngest of seven children and from a strong Catholic background, and a special service to remember Carolina was led at Arrowtown's Catholic Church yesterday by Alexandra priest Fr Pat Mcgettigan.

A loving friend, happy, peaceful and always wearing a smile was how her older brother described his sister.

"Everyone loves Carolina. She was happy, always with a smile, friendly. She was not just a sister, but a friend.

"Carolina loves Queenstown, she loves New Zealand, because it was different here."

Her mother, Magdalena, father Jose and brother Jose jun flew in to Queenstown on Monday. While Carolina enjoyed living in her home country, Argentina, she also felt at home in Queenstown, her mother said.

She graduated from a Catholic University as a lawyer before coming to New Zealand,The family were notified of the accident through a cousin last week and got confirmation from the New Zealand police over the phone.

Today, they will plant her favourite flower, a rose, at Millbrook Resort in remembrance of Carolina.