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A Colombian woman was killed instantly after being hit by a car while crossing a street in Bangkok on November 25th.
Manuela Ruiz, 31, who lived in New York, worked for the DailyMail.com and had been travelling in Thailand with her friend during Thanksgiving.
The Daily Mail reports how Manuela’s family, described as devout Christians, have already forgiven the 24 year old driver.
There are few details about the incident but speaking to the Daily Mail, Manuela’s sister Daniela said:
“We didn’t want to press charges because we know that it’s an accident.
“There was no alcohol involved, she’s just 24 and a student. But by local law, she’s going to jail.”
“She was very sad,’ Daniela said added. ‘She went to the police station, met my aunt and she asked for the forgiveness of the family.
“We spoke with her on the phone and we said, “We know it was an accident and we forgive you.
“It’s a tragedy for all of us, including her.”
Manuela’s distraught family said the accident “could have happened anywhere.”
“It was her time,” they said.
The Daily Mail reports that accident took place on the morning of November 25th. After taking cash out of an ATM was hit by a car while crossing the street and killed instantly.
The female driver of the car is reportedly a student at Rangsit University and was identified by the Daily Mail as Ying Treenapongnukul.
Ms Treenapongnukul reportedly asked for forgiveness in a post made on Facebook.
“I ask to forgiveness for her.
“Sorry for on that day and so sorry for everything . #RIP Miss. Manuela Ruiz Carvajal”.
Manuela was described as “talented” and “smart”.
DailyMail.com Publisher Martin Clarke said: “Everyone was extremely fond of Manuela who in her time here made a huge contribution to the business.
“She was hard-working and talented and I have no doubt that she had a very exciting career ahead of her.”