A former Miss Peru and Miss World contestant is in a critical condition and fighting for her life in hospital.
Newton said she had been asked by the model’s mother Ceci to share the terrible news with fans.
She said Ceci had asked her to thank fans for “all of the charming comments and good wishes” and that Ceci had said she would read them all out to her daughter.
Ceci was quoted by Newton as saying: “Love and support will help her recovery.”
Valeria Piazza won the Miss Peru Universe sash in 2016 and got to the final stage of the international stage of the competition.
She also participated in Miss Model of the World 2014, where she was semi-finalist, and in Tropic Beauty World in 2015, where she was a finalist.
In October 2016, she suffered a car accident after a driver crashed into her vehicle, leaving her with serious injuries.
In February 2017 Valeria announced that she was engaged to long-term partner Pierre Cateriano.