Valentina Gioia, a senior project executive for Endemol Shine Australia, was driving to the Leichhardt stores in Sydney’s inner west when she was hit by a car.
Around 10:30 a.m., an accident happened near the intersection of Marion Street and Flood Street in Leichhardt.
After Ms. Gioia was hit by a truck driven by a young father, a dozen witnesses and shops desperately sought to give her first aid and CPR.
According to a statement released by the New South Wales Ambulance Service late Tuesday, the woman died at the site.
Who Was Anthony Tripodi Wife Valentina Gioia?
Valentina Gioia married her spouse Anthony Tripodi in 2011, and the couple was set to mark ten years of marriage later this year.
The 43-year-old was born in Italy and came to Australia with her family, where she later worked for Endemol Shine as a TV executive on shows like MAFS and Lego Masters.
Valentina Gioia, a senior program executive at Endemol Shine Australia, was walking to the shops in Leichhardt, in Sydney’s inner west, when she was hit by a car.
How Did It Happen?
According to witnesses, the young woman was, unfortunately, looking at her phone with headphones on, oblivious that she was in danger.
With police talking to him, the male motorist was seen resting against the business wall on the side of the busy roadway, shocked.
The 43-year-old male was not hurt and was sent to the hospital for tests.
Even though paramedics and police arrived immediately, the woman had suffered a head injury and could not be resuscitated.
Valentina Gioia Family Details
Lisa Tripodi, Ms. Gioia’s sister-in-law, said she has been supporting her two young sons Luca, 9, and Alessio, 7, and her sad husband, Anthony Tripodi, since Ms. Gioia’s unexpected death.
Debbie Colacicco, a childhood friend, paid homage to Ms. Gioia on Facebook, calling her “a unique human, a beam of brightness, one of a kind.”
Ms. Colacicco, who manages the Ristretto & Co cafe, said she would be ‘dearly missed’ at the shop and hoped angels were watching after her children.
Others who knew Ms. Gioia filled her post with comments, many of whom described her as a ‘great woman.’
‘This is shocking; the world has lost a beautiful person far too young,’ one user commented.
According to some witnesses, Ms. Gioai crossed the street as the pedestrian light was changing.