BREAKING NEWS: TV executive and mother-of-two who works on MAFS is hit by a truck and killed while crossing the road
- Valentina Gioia, 43, died after being struck by a truck in Sydney’s inner west
- The accident happened at the Marion Street and Flood Street intersection
- Witnesses and shopkeepers frantically tried to give the woman first aid
- Ms Gioia was a mother to two young boys and worked as a TV executive
A mother-of-two and TV executive who worked on hit shows such as Married At First Sight has been identified as the woman who was fatally hit by a truck while crossing the road.
Valentina Gioia, 43, was on her way to the shops in Leichhardt in Sydney’s inner west when she was suddenly struck by the vehicle.
The accident happened at the Marion Street and Flood Street intersection in Leichhardt at about 10.30am on Tuesday.
About a dozen witnesses and shopkeepers frantically tried to give Ms Gioia first aid and CPR after she was struck by the truck reportedly driven by a young father.
NSW Ambulance Service confirmed in a statement on Tuesday evening the woman died at the scene.
‘She had a phone and just thought she could beat the red man light,’ a witness told the Daily telegraph.
‘The poor driver was in shock. It is just very sad and upsetting, she was a young woman, wearing active wear.’
Valentina Gioia, 43, was on her way to the shops in Leichhardt in Sydney’s inner west when she was suddenly struck by the vehicle
Paramedics rushed to the scene (pictured) after the young woman was struck by traffic in Leichhardt but tragically she could not be resuscitated
Police officers gather at the scene about 10.30am on Tuesday (pictured)
Witnesses claimed the young woman had tragically been looking at her phone with her headphones in and was unaware she had walked into danger.
The male driver was seen bent over in shock against a shop wall on the on edge of the busy road with police speaking with him.
The man, also aged 43, was not injured and has been taken to hospital for mandatory testing.
Paramedics and police arrived quickly but the woman had suffered a head wound and sadly could not be resuscitated.
In the wake of Ms Gioia’s shocking death, her husband Anthony Tripodi, and sister-in-law Lisa Tripodi have been supporting her two young sons Luca, 9, and Alessio, 7.
‘Val was amazing, everything about her was amazing. She loved her family and she lived for those boys,’ Ms Tripodi told The Daily Telegraph.
‘Anthony is just devastated. You never imagine that something like this could happen to you or your family, or someone you love.’
The 43-year-old was born in Italy and moved to Australia with her family where she later worked as a TV executive for Endemol Shine Australia – working on another popular program Lego Masters.
A man was bent over in shock on the street and speaking to police, with the officers fetching the man a chair (pictured)
The asphalt had been slick as there had been intermittent rain in Leichardt throughout the morning.
Some witnesses claimed the woman had walked across as the pedestrian signal was changing.
‘It was a very sombre scene for our paramedics and bystanders here this morning,’ NSW Ambulance Inspector Karl Cronan said.
‘The bystanders who attempted to assist the patient before we arrived on scene are to be highly commended, it was a heartbreaking scene.