Heartbroken woman took own life hours after fiance was killed by Domino’s driver

A woman who killed herself hours after her fiance was killed by a Domino’s deliver driver said she wanted to “join” him.

Alice Robinson took her own life hours after her fiance Jason Francis was killed in a road accident in Australia, the inquest heard.

Her parents Leigh and Dawn Robinson called for changes to procedures at the Royal Perth Hospital following the "avoidable" death of the 26-year-old, who was found dead in her car in the city on December 23

They also paid tribute to her as “beautiful, talented and gentle” and spoke of their devastation.

An inquest in Shrewsbury was told Ms Robinson sent a text to her partner Jason around an hour after being informed of his death.

She told him she loved him and expressing "her intention to join him".

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The Shropshire-born couple were engaged and had emigrated to Australia.

Ms Robinson, a fine art graduate, worked for a lifestyle magazine and her partner, a former RAF firefighter, was an asbestos technician in the construction sector.

In a statement issued at the conclusion of the inquest, Ms Robinson's parents said they believed their daughter – who died after drinking alcohol and taking tablets – should not have been allowed to leave hospital alone after learning of her fiance's death.

Ms Robinson had "died of a broken heart" after being overcome with shock, her parents said, although they stressed that they did not wish to blame any individual over her death.

Their statement said: "Alice was our beautiful, talented, gentle daughter and when she emigrated to Australia with Jason it broke our hearts but we knew that they would live and love their life to the full and cherish their time together.

"Everyone who knew them will endorse how unique their relationship was, they were totally devoted to each other.

"On the 22nd of December last year our lives were shattered. News of Jason's sudden and tragic accident was dreadful. Then within hours we had a second visit by the police to inform us that Alice had died.

"The circumstances contributing to Alice's death, we believe were avoidable. When Alice was informed by a police officer at the scene of the accident that Jason had been seriously injured and taken to hospital she collapsed and was clearly distraught.

"Yet the police officer allowed her to drive herself and find her way to the hospital alone.”

Mr and Mrs Robinson called for greater awareness that individuals in shock and distraught should not be left alone and said they wanted to do all they could to reduce the chance of a similar tragedy.

Their statement added: "This has been the worst year of our lives. First to hear the news that Jason had died, who we loved and treated as our son, and then hours later to learn that we had also lost our beautiful talented daughter, sister, auntie and to many a kind and loyal friend.

"It has been so hard, we are all heartbroken, totally crushed, and still in a state of disbelief.

"Finally it is important to say that the Coroners findings state Alice's cause of death was suicide but to us more accurately she died of a broken heart. It is a real life, tragic, love story."

The inquest was told Mr Francis had been a semi-professional footballer and played for a rugby club in Australia.

He was struck by a Domino’s car at about 8pm on December 22 last year, near the home he shared with his fiancee, after socialising with friends from the rugby club.

Witnesses said he had been lying in the road and was struck despite a nearby van flashing its lights to alert the car driver.

The inquest heard Ms Robinson was followed from the hospital by a nurse, who tried to get her to return, but she left at about 9.30pm.

Coroner John Ellery told the inquest that at 10.21pm, mobile phone records showed Ms Robinson had sent a text message "expressing her love and indicating her intention to join him".

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The coroner recorded narrative findings that Mr Francis died in a road collision, while Ms Robinson's death was "suicide linked to Jason's death".

Mr Ellery said: "Alice's death is inextricably linked to the death of her intended fiance. This is a double tragedy. Can I only offer my condolences to you and your family."

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