Tributes have flooded in for a mother-of-two who was fatally hit by a car while trying to help a dying man on the side of a Melbourne road.
Police say the the 27-year-old mother is a hero, and believe the man she risked her life for had been speeding on his motorbike, and carrying drugs.
She was hit by a car when she stopped at the scene of the road crash at Wantirna 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.
Debris was scattered on the road and a rider was on the ground next to his crumpled motorbike, but despite the darkness and the confronting scene, the woman didn’t hesitate to try and help.
“She’s a hero as far as I am concerned,” Acting Detective Inspector Brad McArthur said.
Tragically, other drivers didn’t see her walking onto the busy road and she was struck by a passing Honda.
“There was this massive bang. It was massive. I got these chills,” witness Angela Lovalvo revealed.
“I got up and I went out there and heard people screaming.”
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.
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.