The family of a mother of two who was fatally struck while helping a motorcyclist after a crash have remembered her as a “genuinely caring person”.
Identified only as Emily, the 27-year-old mum was hit by a car when she stopped at the scene of the road crash at Wantirna in Melbourne’s east on Monday just after 10pm.
The male motorcyclist, a 37-year-old Wantirna man, died at the scene after colliding with an Audi at an intersection.
On Wednesday, her family released a statement via Victoria Police saying they are “truly devastated” over Emily’s death.
“We are truly devastated to have lost our beautiful Emily,” the statement read.
“She was a genuinely caring person right down to her line of work where she cared for dementia patients.”
The family describes her as a “devoted” mother to her five-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter and a “loving” wife to her husband.
They thanked people for their continued support but asked for their privacy to be respected in this difficult time.
Tributes flow for mother
On Tuesday, police labelled the mother a hero for her efforts to help the crash victims late on Monday.
“She’s a hero as far as I am concerned,” Acting Detective Inspector Brad McArthur told reporters.
The aged care worker’s children were at home in bed when the accident happened. Friends have described her as caring and courageous.
“She saw someone who was in need of help, and she has gone out of her way to help, but unfortunately it’s led to her death,” Insp McArthur said.
Motorcyclist was speeding, police say
The speed limit along the stretch of road is 80km/hr, but police say the motorbike rider was going much faster.
He was known to police and was found with drugs including a quantity of white powder.
“The motorcycle driver was driving at a speed that was absolutely irresponsible and reckless, and led to a chain of events that’s killed two people, including himself,” Insp McArthur said.