Tragic images have emerged of a Belgian tourist’s last days before she died in a motor scooter accident in Australia.
Romy Styleman had celebrated her 26th birthday just days before she crashed her scooter into a street sign on Magnetic Island in Queensland at around 3pm on Friday.
During her final weeks on the island, Ms. Styleman was seen soaking up the winter sun, watching sunsets with friends and even feeding a group of local wallabies.
She posted updates of her travels on social media almost daily and celebrated her 26th birthday on June 20 with a beautiful video montage.
In the video, the eager traveler can be seen doing somersaults in the clear blue waters of Vietnam, dancing in a nightclub and sitting on a rope swing.
Romy Styleman had celebrated her 26th birthday just days before she crashed her scooter into a street sign on Magnetic Island, near Townsville, around 3 p.m. Friday
Bystanders frantically gave first aid to the young woman after she crashed her scooter before the 26-year-old was rushed to Townsville University Hospital.
Ms. Styleman then underwent emergency surgery before dying later that night.
She worked at Magnetic Island’s Saltwater Restaurant for about six months before her life was tragically cut short.
Daniel Blakeman, who co-owns the venue with his wife Jen, said the bubbly blonde was an “amazing” person and a “real inspiration” to her colleagues.
“The first thing I noticed about Romy was her big, beautiful smile and her blonde shoulder-length hair,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
She was great at making our entrees and desserts.
‘Front of house superstar with a big smile every time. It’s not fair that her life was taken from this world so quickly. Romy will be greatly missed.
“On behalf of Saltwater and the team, we send condolences, strength and prayers to her family and friends in Belgium and those she created here.”
The avid traveler first arrived in Australia in November and recently spent time in Vietnam, hiking mountains and somersaulting in clear blue waters.
She commemorated the journey with a tattoo that read, “Chaos makes the muse.”
She reflected on her 26th birthday with a beautiful video montage on June 20, just three days before she was due to crash fatally.
“Celebrating your 26th birthday on the other side of the world feels weird,” she wrote.
The avid traveler first arrived in Australia in November and recently spent time in Vietnam, hiking mountains and somersaulting in clear blue waters
Ms Styleman (pictured) had been updating her social media followers on an almost daily basis about her time on Magnetic Island, about 5 miles off the coast of Townsville
“On the one hand, it makes me miss my family and friends. I wish they were here today. But on the other hand, it makes me grateful to be able to live this kind of life. Being surrounded by new friends who have impacted your life in such a short time. There are not enough words to describe how genuinely happy I am today.
‘Every day I become a better version of myself, do things I want and love and make the most of this life. This will be the one I will never forget.
“Me to myself Happy 26th Birthday Rooms, you got this.”
Devastated friends and family from her home in Belgium and her travels in Australia paid tribute to the effervescent graphic designer in the comments.
“I can’t believe this happened. She is the most amazing soul,” one woman wrote.
“Meeting her in Australia was a blessing and I will never forget that wonderful energy. Absolutely too good for this world.’
‘Oh, sweet thing. The world is a sad place without you. You have brought much joy to everyone’s life. You will not be forgotten. Rest in peace,” another wrote.
A third wrote, “I miss you already.”
A GoFundMe campaign to help Ms. Styleman’s family cover repatriation and funeral costs has raised nearly $3,000 so far
Ms Styleman (pictured) reflected on her 26th birthday with a beautiful video montage on June 20, just three days before the fatal scooter accident
a GoFundMe campaign to help Ms. Styleman’s family cover repatriation and funeral costs has raised nearly $3,000 to date.
Romy, who was chasing her dreams in Australia, died in an accident there, organizer Ester Patrons wrote.
‘Unfortunately there are costs associated with a death abroad. With this action I want to lend a helping hand to the family to keep the financial side of this drama bearable.
‘All support is welcome to be able to offer Romy a nice and warm farewell.’
Ms Styleman was wearing a helmet when she crashed into the street sign last Friday and suffered internal injuries in the impact.
Police say she was speeding or under the influence.