Friends of a Japanese woman who crashed out of a building into a busy avenue say they regret not asking her if she was okay before she died.
Akiko Kiryu, 52, crashed into an alley between StarChem Pharmacy and Hungry Jacks on The Corso near Manly, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, at 11:20 a.m. Saturday.
Devastated friends said they were shocked by the sudden death, as they described Ms. Kiryu as a “happy and smiling” person. One of them said they wish they’d looked into her mental health.
“Very sad news today that our dear friend Akiko has passed away,” they wrote on Facebook. “Only if we’d asked her ‘are you okay’!”
Mrs. Kiryu lived without a family after moving from Japan. Residents say she started her own kind of family after living in the community for 30 years.
Friends of Japanese woman who crashed out of building into busy avenue say they regret not asking her if she was okay before falling
Devastated friends said they were shocked by the sudden death as they described Ms. Kiryu as a ‘happy and smiling’ person
Akiko Kiryu, 52, crashed into an alley between StarChem Pharmacy and Hungry Jacks at 11:20 a.m. Saturday on The Corso at Manly, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Mrs. Kiryu worked behind the counter in Coles and had a regular crepe stall in Manly markets.
“We used to work for the same company and were part of the Japanese community,” a friend told the Daily Telegraph. “She was a lovely woman.”
“She’s been here in Manly for about 30 years. She always had a stall in the market when it was open.’
Another person added that they were shocked by the death, as they remembered Ms. Kiryu as a “happy and smiling” person.
A Gofundme page has been set up to raise money and pay for funeral expenses. Ms. Kiryu’s ashes are then sent back to her homeland to be reunited with her family.
“She has no family here so our group of friends are organizing a funeral in North Ryde and her ashes will be sent from Sydney to Japan,” the page reads.
“We plan to live stream the funeral for her loved ones in Japan and those unable to attend the funeral due to COVID restrictions.”
Bouquets of flowers and tribute cards written in several languages were piled up in the alley between Corso and Rialto Lane this weekend as mourners visited the site to pay their respects.
Married At First Sight star Dean Wells, who was a friend of the woman, shared a touching tribute on Instagram as he called on Australians to respect people’s decisions to remain unvaccinated.
“She was a healthy, intelligent, lovely, perfectly normal person who didn’t believe in being forced to get a shot,” he wrote Monday.
Whatever your point of view, there are many people in the community who feel pressured by mandates, lose their livelihood, are isolated from the rest of society and more.
Ms Kiryu worked behind the counter in Coles and regularly ran a crepe stall in Manly markets
Police officers taped the alleyway between The Corso and Rialto Lane as they opened an investigation
Flowers have piled up along the avenue where she died as mourners visited the site over the weekend
Notes in English and Japanese have been deposited at the site for the woman, who is believed to be a stranger
“This madness must end. We must accept people’s choices and have understanding and compassion for everyone. Not just those who have the same views as us. REST IN PEACE’
The partner of the young woman Dean Wells, known for Married at First Sight
Covid vaccines are highly effective at stopping deaths and hospitalizations, with a study of 3.4 million Americans showing that Pfizer is 95 percent effective at preventing serious illness.
A similar study by AstraZeneca in the UK found that the Oxford vaccine is 80 percent effective in preventing serious illness in Covid-19 patients.
While some Australians are hesitant to get the shot, the majority of NSW residents are fully vaccinated.
As of Tuesday, 75.2 percent of people over 16 statewide had received both doses, while 90.8 percent had had one shot of a vaccine.
NSW police closed the scene on Saturday as they began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.
Her death is not considered suspicious.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.
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NSW Police initially set up a crime scene before finding her death non-suspicious after an investigation