Bogotá, d. 9.February.2019, killed on
the job by a hit and run taxi.
Kati Sauvita, also known as LaRealEsa was a Bogotá bike messenger,
activist, leader of the community and known throughout the world.
She founded "Queens BiciMensajeras," a bike messenger company
lead, operated and driven by women. She was also a talented
musician, singer and performer. Kati was hit and killed by a driver
of a taxi who fled the scene on February 9, 2019
El día de hoy, Sábado 9 de Febrero del
2019 muere Kathy en un accidente fatal con un Taxi en Bogotá,
Colombia. Kathy, también conocida como LaRealEsa, fue una figura muy
importante para el desarrollo de la mensajería en Colombia. Fundó
Queens BiciMensajeras, una empresa desarrollada y fomentada por
mujeres que se dedican a la "Messlife" en la ciudad de Bogotá.
Recordaremos a Kathy como una de las personas mas influyentes dentro
de la escena en Colombia. Una chica llena de valores buenos, siempre
dando el buen ejemplo, haciéndonos reflexionar y reír siempre.
Descansa en paz, pedaleando amiga. – Bryce Steven
Today, Saturday, February 9, 2019 Kathy dies in a fatal accident
with a Taxi in Bogotá, Colombia. Kathy, also known as LaRealEsa, was
a very important figure for the development of messaging in
Colombia. She founded Queens BiciMensajeras, a company developed and
promoted by women who are dedicated to the "Messlife" in the city of
Bogotá. We will remember Kathy as one of the most influential people
on the scene in Colombia. A girl full of good values, always setting
a good example, making us always reflect and laugh. Rest in peace,
pedaling friend. – Bryce Steven
In the toughest moments, you set my hand, you gave it to all the
messengers we had the honor of working by your side, delivering
something more than documents, delivered to all hope,
To those who were able to ride by your side, laugh, cry, fall and
rise, thanks to you katty... the unbreakable.
Lareal Esa thanks for everything!
- Shon Baron
Sad, Sad News From Our Friends in Bogotá, Colombia 🙏🏽💔🙏🏽
our Lil’ Queen Sister Passed away this morning due to a terrible Car
Accident! She Loved Messengering. She Played & Loved Music! Now
she will ride with our Messenger Angels and bring God her music 🎶
Sleep in Peace @larealesa you will be Missed tremendously but
Never Forgotten 🚴🏼♀️👸🏽🚴🏼♀️ 🇨🇴 - Fernando Rivera
Three cyclists killed
in accident streak over the weekend
According to preliminary data this year there are 8 cases, compared
to 6 reported in 2018 for the same period.
Katherine Suavita, a recognized leader of the bicycle and who
also made music, was killed in the early hours of Saturday by a taxi
that fled, according to preliminary versions of the case.
‘Kathy LarealEsa’, as all her friends, colleagues and followers knew
her on her Facebook account, was 33 years old. The hypothesis that
is handled is a possible speeding of the taxi driver who hit it at
2:46 in the morning on 145th Street with 111th race of the town of
Suba, as reported by the Mobility Secretariat.
I was married to Juan Felipe Santamaría. Between the two they formed
the Bicipachanga collective, which with vallenata, salsa, merengue
and cumbia music looked for unused spaces at night, such as tunnels,
bridges or parks, to prevent street inhabitants and thieves from
appropriating these sites by making them insecure, as It appears in
the article of THE TIME published in February 2015.
According to information on social networks, she was one of the
‘two-dimensional queens’, a group of women that seeks to strengthen
and empower the spaces that combine between bicycle, art and work,
as well as being recognized and respected among groups.
Michael Steven Sánchez Navas, a bike activist, said she was always
trying to show the happy part and that it was also a point of union
with other cyclists.
This case is added to that of two other deceased cyclists, according
to the official report of the Secretary of Mobility. This is a
27-year-old man who lost his life in the town of Fontibón, west of
the capital, "because of a driver of a van that ran away," Mobility
Secretary Juan Pablo Bocarejo wrote. Meanwhile, a 25-year-old boy
was hit by a dump truck in the Tunjuelito sector, south of the city.
The numbers of cyclists killed in traffic accidents are increasing
this year. As of 2019, according to preliminary data, there have
been 8 cases compared to 6 reported in 2018 for this same time,
according to the official source.
In social networks, the bicycle groups, as well as Kathy's friends,
could not believe what happened and asked the authorities to
investigate who caused his death. They also requested that the
videos of the area be analyzed, that the public service vehicle be
identified and all the investigation be carried out to capture the
La Real Esa
OneBeat 2015 Fellow
Accordion Player, Vocalist Bogota, Colombia
Niño, who performs under the name La Real Esa, is a vocalist,
accordion player, tap dancer and circus performer. Her music is part
of a new wave of Urban Cumbia (now popular across Latin America)
that infuses traditional styles with elements of rock, punk, and
hip-hop. She leads the band Los Asesinos del Ritmo — one of the most
successful outfits playing Urban Cumbia in Bogota — with her
strident accordion playing and commanding vocals. More than
simply a musician, La Real Esa sees herself as a complete artist and
entrepreneur who seeks to work with communities affected by violence