In the wrong place at the wrong time

A FATHER whose daughter died in a motorcycle accident near Myrtleford on Sunday remembered her yesterday as a “kind and friendly woman who lived a simple life”.

Norm Vonarx said his daughter Katherine Robinson was an experienced rider who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The 29-year-old Tawonga motorcyclist collided head-on with a white Mitsubishi ute on Happy Valley Road near Myrtleford.

The driver of the ute was turning onto the road and failed to see the motorcycle.

Mrs Robinson, known to friends and family as Katy, was married on her father’s Myrtleford property in November.

“It was lovely and I don’t think I had ever seen her as happy as that day,” Mr Vonarx said.

“We built a brick oven and cooked pizzas, she was very happy.”

Mrs Robinson was born in Myrtleford where she grew up with her father, mother Mary, and older brother Mathew.

She attended Myrtleford Primary School and Myrtleford Secondary College before moving to continuing her studies in Geelong.

She later moved to Wodonga where she met her husband-to-be Terry Robinson.

The couple also lived at Burrumbuttock before making a life for themselves on a rented Tawonga farm.

“She was a kind and friendly woman who lived a simple life,” Mr Vonarx said.

“My son has a girl with cerebral palsy and she was so good with her.

“When he needed some help he would call on Katy and Terry and they would go to Melbourne to help out.”

Mrs Robinson was on her way to see Mr Vonarx at the time of the crash.

“Her bike was her passion,” Mr Vonarx said.

“Her brother is also a good rider and Katy did all the right things, it’s just unfortunate a car came onto her side of the road.”

A funeral date is still to be announced.

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