Family arrive to take daughter's body home

BROOKE GARDINER
Last updated 14:35 13/11/2012

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The family of Argentinian woman Carolina Patron Costas, 23, who was killed on her way to work at Millbrook Resort on Thursday morning, have arrived in Queenstown to arrange for the repatriation of her body.

Ms Patron Costas died after her vehicle left Malaghans Rd and slid into a poplar tree at about 6.50am on Thursday. She was the sole occupant of the car and was deceased when emergency services arrived at the scene. The incident occurred on a straight stretch of road between Dalefield and Hunter roads and was investigated by the Serious Crash Unit from Alexandra.

Senior constable Chris Blackford said Ms Patron Costas' family had arrived from Argentina over the weekend and were being supported by Argentinian ambassador Fernando Escalona, who flew into Queenstown from Wellington yesterday to offer support and consulate assistance with the repatriation of the body. Police and victim support were also assisting the family.

Millbrook Resort head of operations Brian Howie said an intimate service for family, friends and colleagues would be held at the resort this week to remember Carolina, who had been a popular member of the resort's food and beverage department since August.

Carolina's parents, brother and Mr Escalona were all staying at the resort, Mr Howie said. "They're a really lovely family."

The matter will be referred to the coroner.

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