Warn­ings re­buffed by tourist

Nelson Mail - - NEWS -

Ger­man tourist Ma­rina Liebl des­per­ately wanted to ex­plore New Zealand and meet new peo­ple.

A few days into her trip, she died when her ve­hi­cle col­lided with an on­com­ing car in South­land about 9.40pm on Sun­day.

The driver of the other car, Jesse Short­land, and his wife, Sa­man­tha, died at the scene.

Their 8-month-old daugh­ter, Sky­lar, and 2-year-old son, Heath, were pulled from their car seats at the crash scene. The tod­dler had moder­ate in­juries, the baby had mi­nor in­juries.

Speak­ing from Nurem­berg, Ger­many, Liebl’s for­mer col­league at engi­neer­ing and elec­tron­ics com­pany Bosch, Mev­lut Mufti, told Stuff the 22-year-old wanted to travel to New Zealand by her­self.

‘‘She had told me for a long time that she would like to go to New Zealand to ex­plore it and meet many new peo­ple. She was look­ing for ad­ven­ture.’’

Mufti said he and other col­leagues warned her against trav­el­ling alone. ‘‘I told her she would be too young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced in a for­eign coun­try. I said it could be dan­ger­ous if you were trav­el­ling alone.’’

‘‘We are all very trau­ma­tised about her death and about the fam­ily who have also died in the ac­ci­dent.’’

Liebl posted on a back­pack­ers’ Face­book page on Oc­to­ber 2 ask­ing for ad­vice on which jacket was nec­es­sary for the next few months while she trav­elled the coun­try.

She said she flew into the coun­try on Tues­day.

She posted again on Oc­to­ber 5 to say she was in Queen­stown.

Three days later she was killed on the Dip­ton-Winton High­way, State High­way 6, near Lad­brook Rd.

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