The 39-year-old was sitting outside Cafe Si: Zac, at the corner of Malton Rd and Roma St in North Epping, having coffee with friends when a silver Holden Commodore being driven by an elderly man lurched over a garden bed and wall and into tables.
“They were just enjoying a meeting together, having coffee, and they were struck by this vehicle,” Detective Inspector Mark Christie told reporters on Friday afternoon, with emergency services describing the scene as “absolutely frantic”.
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Insp Christie said that Ms Albornoz, who was critically injured, died in hospital with her family by her side.
The fundraiser for Ms Albornoz’s husband, Victor, and their two young daughters has been set up by North Shore Mums, as “a small contribution that we can make as a community to help Liz’s family over the coming months. This fundraiser has the blessing of Liz’s family.”
The page, which has been live for less than a day, has already raised more than $3000.
“North Shore Mums urge anyone who can to donate to the GoFundMe for Liz, whose own generosity and selflessness extended to her work at a non-for-profit organisation for the disadvantaged, Social Ventures Australia, and volunteered for Sydney Catholic Schools, Helping Hands and other international charitable organisations,” the group said.
According to her social media accounts, Ms Albornoz worked as an events manager in the marketing team for Social Ventures Australia.
“I have always been passionate about helping others and looking for opportunities to volunteer,” her business profile states.
“At SVA I am able to bring together my interests and skills and work with people who share the same values. We all care about building a fairer Australia.”
In a statement to news.com.au, SVA chief executive Suzie Riddell said they were all shocked and saddened by the news that Ms Albornoz was killed in the “tragic accident” on Friday.
“Liz was a wonderful and valued colleague who shared our commitment to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in Australia,” Ms Riddell said.
“Our thoughts are with her husband, her daughters and her family and loved ones. We are also thinking about the many others injured and impacted by this tragedy.”
Local police have spoken to the 89-year-old man who was driving the car. He was taken to Ryde Hospital for mandatory testing but did not suffer any injuries.