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Colombian student remembered as ‘playful and happy’ after Honda hit her bike in Sydney

Pouring out grief for Colombian student who died when a Honda HRV hit her motorcycle from behind – while SUV driver is accused of crash

  • Maria Contreras was waiting in front of a red light when a Honda HR-V would have hit her
  • The 27-year-old was rushed to hospital in critical condition on Saturday, but died
  • She is remembered as ‘playful and happy’ with her whole life ahead of her
  • Police allege that Wilbert Gabrielle Guevara, 32, was behind the wheel of the SUV

A Colombian college student who died when a car allegedly hit her engine is remembered as ‘playful and happy’.

Maria Alejandra Landazabal Contreras was waiting for a red light in Moorebank, south-west Sydney, when a Honda HR-V would have hit her from behind at around 11:35 p.m. Saturday.

The 27-year-old was taken to Liverpool hospital with serious head and internal injuries, but died the next morning.

Maria Alejandra Landazabal Contreras (photo) died on Sunday after a crash on Saturday evening

Maria Alejandra Landazabal Contreras (photo) died on Sunday after a crash on Saturday evening

The Honda HR-V (photo) is said to have hit Ms. Contreras's motorcycle (right) on Saturday at around 11:35 PM.

The Honda HR-V (photo) is said to have hit Ms. Contreras's motorcycle (right) on Saturday at around 11:35 PM.

The Honda HR-V (photo) is said to have hit Ms. Contreras’s motorcycle (right) on Saturday at around 11:35 PM.

Ms. Contreras moved from Colombia to Sydney earlier this year and stayed with hostess Rosa Rutte in Engadin, where she helped care for Ms. Rutte’s twin daughters.

‘She immediately bonded with my daughters and reminded me of myself when I came to Australia as a student,’ said Rutte. The Daily Telegraph.

‘She had a child’s soul, she will play hide and seek with my daughter, she does their nails and their hair (sic), she prepared delicious desserts.’

Mrs. Rutte said that Mrs. Contreras’s death “was still very unreal for all of us” and said she had her whole life ahead of her.

She had so many dreams to fulfill. She loved to travel, she planned to travel across Asia while studying in Australia. ‘

Ms. Contreras moved from Colombia to Sydney earlier this year and stayed with hostess Rosa Rutte and her family in Engadin

Ms. Contreras moved from Colombia to Sydney earlier this year and stayed with hostess Rosa Rutte and her family in Engadin

Ms. Contreras moved from Colombia to Sydney earlier this year and stayed with hostess Rosa Rutte and her family in Engadin

Mrs. Contreras is remembered as 'playful and happy' after her tragic death

Mrs. Contreras is remembered as 'playful and happy' after her tragic death

Mrs. Contreras is remembered as ‘playful and happy’ after her tragic death

Police allege that Wilbert Gabrielle Guevara, 32, from Doonside, was behind the wheel of the SUV that hit Ms. Contreras.

He has been charged with dangerous driving that results in death – driving in a manner that is dangerous, driving negligently resulting in death, failing to stop at red lights, and driving while disqualified.

Guevara was scheduled to appear in court in Liverpool on Tuesday, but is still in hospital and being treated for his injuries.

The case will appear in court on Sept. 28 when a report is prepared for the coroner.

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