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
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.