A Russian tourist, 35-year-old Natalia Borodina, was enjoying a vacation with her friend, 32-year-old Ivanna Boirachuk, in the Dominican Republic. As her friend drove, Boirachuk took a cell phone video of Borodina hanging out of the window of the car, wearing only a bikini bottom. Borodina died after her head struck a road sign, while Boirachuk has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Fun on vacation in Punta Cana goes horribly wrong

In the video included below, Borodina can be seen playing around for the camera as her friend drove them back from a beach near Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

The footage ends with Borodina laughing, shortly before her head struck the road sign, fatally injuring the woman. She was taken to hospital where she eventually died from her severe injuries.

Warning: footage may be upsetting to sensitive viewers, however the video does cut off before the deadly blow.

Police found tire marks at the scene, where the Kia Picanto car driven by Boirachuk swerved and hit the curb during the accident. Boirachuk, who filmed the incident on her cell phone while driving, has since been arrested by police on suspicion of drunk driving.

Family and friends speak up for Russian woman

After the incident, rumors spread in Russia that Borodina was working as an escort. However her family denies the reports, saying she is a good mother to her 11-year-old son and a “caring daughter.”

The Metro quotes Elena Korolyova, a friend of the Russian woman, as saying she doesn’t deserve the judgment she is receiving over the behavior that led to her death.

Korolyova said Borodina was the only one in her family that worked and she helped and supported her family. The Miami Herald reports that she worked in a real estate office in Moscow. Korolyova added that her friend wanted everything for the family and was hoping for a better future. She said anyone can make a mistake and her friend shouldn’t be judged by the video, asking, “Are we all saints?”

However it turns out Borodina had no travel insurance cover for her vacation in the Dominican Republic and the family, consisting of her 80-year-old mother and a sister, is unable to afford the around $20,000 needed to repatriate her remains for burial back home in Russia.

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Pravda spoke to a local tour operator who confirmed various documents are required to hand over Borodina’s body for transportation and that she will likely be cremated. This is reportedly normally the case related to deaths in the Dominican Republic with authorities handing an urn containing the remains to their relatives.

According to the tour operator, Borodina’s sister is the only able-bodied member of the family and she doesn’t have the necessary funds to transport the body, but will visit the Dominican Republic to collect her sister’s ashes.

In the meantime, Zurab Peradze, a spokesman for the Russian consular office, said in a statement that he has contacted the local prosecutors’ office for information about the accident which led to Borodina’s death and that an investigation is ongoing.