A WOMAN killed herself because she couldn’t live without her boyfriend who was run over and killed by a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver, an inquest heard.
Semi-professional footballer Jason Francis, 29, was struck the driver and later passed away in on December 22 last year.
His long-term partner Alice Robinson, 26, was then discovered dead at the house they shared in Perth, Australia, two hours later.
The British couple, originally from Shropshire, had moved to Australia last year after travelling the world together.
Alice was said to be “heartbroken” and “distraught” following Jason’s death and later took her own life, according to her mother Dawn.
Coroners officer Clare Hope told the inquest in Shrewsbury today: “Jason Francis, from Bridgnorth, was an asbestos worker, semi-professional footballer and RAF fire fighter.
“He was a pedestrian involved in a road traffic accident and sadly passed away as a result of the injuries he sustained.”
The inquest was told Alice, a digital content magazine editor, was found dead at a house in Perth but her cause of death was not disclosed.
Mrs Hope added: “Originally from Wellington, she was a digital magazine content editor.
“On December 23 Alice Robinson was found deceased.”
John Ellery, coroner for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, adjourned the case following the short three minute hearing until May 22, subject to separate inquests in Perth.
At the time of their deaths, it was reported Jason had been on a day out drinking with friends from his rugby club when he was hit by a delivery driver in a VW Jetta.
He was a keen footballer and rugby player and had played for conference side Market Drayton Town FC and Cottesloe Rugby Club.
Hundreds of mourners paid their respects to the couple at a joint funeral service in Bridgnorth, Shrops, last Friday.
A Gofundme page, set up by Cottesloe Rugby Club raised $44,000 to help the couple’s relatives with any costs associated with returning their bodies to the UK.