Durban mom coming to terms with daughter's freak bridge death

2015-06-09 12:41
Julia Schreiner (Supplied)

Julia Schreiner (Supplied)

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Durban - The mother of a city hairstylist - who plunged to her death after surviving a car accident and then falling off a bridge - is coming to terms with the bizarre manner in which her daughter died at the weekend.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Julia Schreiner, 21, was involved in a car accident which saw her Mini Cooper leave Kingsway Road in Amanzimtoti.

Unhurt, Julia climbed from the car and attempted to relieve herself by climbing over a bridge barrier. She plunged nearly 10 metres to the ground below.

Her mother, Viv McMenamin, said she had visited the scene.

“I went there and I saw the very sheer drop and I think that the area should have maybe been fenced off. I have come to terms with the way that she went…it was a freak accident. She had no chance,” she said.

Zest for life

McMenamin spoke of her daughter’s zest for life.

“She was a hairstylist and was very full of life and she had a terrific sense of humour. She had a vivacious love of music and of dancing and was a big party animal,” she said.

“Her favourite place in the world was the Bluff and she spent a lot of time on the beaches and she was a resident at Durban’s night clubs. She was an extremely creative soul and her body was an extension of that and she had designed most of her tattoos.”

McMenamin added that she would miss the frequent phone calls from her daughter.

“I will miss that she called me three times a day and always with an ‘emergency’. The latest was her need to get hair extensions or to tell me about her boyfriend ups and downs,” she said amid tears.

“Her way of looking at you made you feel she completely understood what you were feeling; she was highly intuitive. She was taken too soon.”

A public memorial service will be held at Roseway Waldorf School at 14:00 on Saturday.

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