he husband of a woman who died when a tree crushed her in Highgate today paid tribute to his “perfect wife”.
Juliana Quieroz Murilo, 39, was sitting in the back seat of the silver Honda being driven by Carlos her cab driver husband when a tree collapsed on her in gale force winds on Friday at 4pm.
Neighbours bravely attempted to pull the huge trunk that fell from Highgate Woods onto the roof of the car after he had just picked his wife up from work as a house cleaner.
Her husband was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the horror smash in Muswell Hill Road.
He was told later in hospital his wife had tragically passed away.
Speaking from their family home after being released, he told The Standard: “She was a sweet and adorable wife she was perfect so friendly, always laughing and making jokes
“We loved each other so much it was as if we were one.”
Of the accident Mr Murilo, said: “I was driving her home like I always do.
“Suddenly there was a crash and the tree crushed the roof. It landed mainly on my wife. I was conscious but in a daze. A woman came and held my hand and spoke to me.
“I was cut out of the wreckage and taken to an ambulance. They told me my wife was dead. I’m heartbroken I can’t get the scene out of my head. In many ways I died as well we were inseparable.”
Heartbroken family members from Brazil and Portugal paid tribute to her after she became the first confirmed death in England related to Storm Eunice.
Her sister Miriam Queiroz wrote on Facebook: “It’s hard to believe, how it hurts, my God! It’s a piece of me that’s been ripped apart, a hole that’s been made in my chest.
“My little sister, my little life, my little cutie that I love so much.”
Her cleaning agency Supreme Touch told The Standard: “It’s a very sad moment for our community to find out that we lost one of us tragically.”
Relative Solange Murilo also posted an emotional tribute to the cleaner who is married to a house painter and lives in north London.
She wrote on Facebook: “The tears flow down my face and my heart tightens every time I remember everything we’ve been through together.
“The despair of not being able to protect you and stop your death. You still had so much life ahead of you, so many dreams to come true.
“It hurts to know that I will no longer be able to see your smile, that I will no more have that friend, that counsellor, for all occasions, you welcomed me with open arms, you were the most special person, who passed through our lives.”
She added: “I lost a sister… it was a stabbing in the heart. We don’t know who to ask for help. Thank you for the rest of my life for everything you’ve done for me. You were the most special human being I’ve ever met. I love you.”
Another wrote: “I always wonder why God takes good people? My condolences to Carlos and his entire family who are going through this sad tragedy. May you rest in peace, minina Juliana, we will miss you.”
Mayor of Haringey Adam Jogee, wrote on Twitter: “The saddest of news from Haringey. I send my deepest condolences, and those of all our people, to the family and friends of the woman who lost her life in #MuswellHill. May her memory be a blessing. “
It comes as the UK began counting the cost of Friday’s storm, which brought damage and major disruption to travel as record-breaking gusts of up to 122mph were recorded.
The storm ripped large parts of the London O2 Arena’s roof off as trees came down on pavements, roads and railway lines across the capital.