€18,000 raised for families of couple who died within hours of each other

Thousands of dollars have been raised to help the families of a British couple who died within hours of each other in Australia.

Jason Francis was hit by a car, reportedly driven by a pizza delivery worker, near the home he shared with partner Alice Robinson in Perth.

Following his death, Ms Robinson, who was said to have been left “heartbroken”, was found dead.

More than A$29,000 (€18,000) has been raised for the families.

Mr Francis had been on a day out with friends from his rugby club, who organised a taxi home for him on Saturday.

The 29-year-old was on the carriageway in the suburb of Scarborough when he was hit by a car driven by an 18-year-old man, Western Australia Police said.

Sam Diamond, president of Cottesloe Rugby Club, said he understood Ms Robinson had gone to investigate when she saw flashing emergency lights. He said: “We don’t know what happened to her after this.”

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