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Family of woman killed after she ran into traffic on Perth road insist her death wasn’t intentional

The family of a French woman who was killed after she ran into traffic on a busy Perth freeway insist she would not have committed suicide.  

Camille Clair Marie Thelot, 27, and a group of three men were driving on the freeway when they pulled over into an emergency lane in Warwick, WA at about 8.25pm on July 3. 

One of the men is understood to have been the backpacker’s boyfriend.

Ms Thelot suddenly got out of the car and walked across multiple lanes of traffic going 100km/h as one of the passengers desperately chased after her. 

One car swerved to avoid hitting Ms Thelot, but a least three other vehicles slammed into the French national, killing her. 

Confronting dashcam footage shows her wandering into the road moments before she was struck. 

Camille Clair Marie Thelot (pictured), 27, and a group of three men were driving on the freeway when they pulled over into an emergency lane in Warwick, WA at about 8.25pm on July 3

Ms Thelot suddenly got out of the car and walked across multiple lanes of traffic going 100km/h as one of the passengers chased after her (pictured, dashcam footage of Ms Thelot walking on the road)

Ms Thelot suddenly got out of the car and walked across multiple lanes of traffic going 100km/h as one of the passengers chased after her (pictured, dashcam footage of Ms Thelot walking on the road)

Her family have been left heartbroken and confused by the tragic incident but said she had no history of mental health issues. 

Ms Thelot’s sister, Clementine, said they don’t understand what made their car pull over or why she walked into traffic. 

‘She was absolutely not suicidal. She had an extra-ordinary zest for life and a thirst for learning,’ Clementine told The West. 

‘Whatever we already know about our Camille, we will keep for ourselves and we will bring to the Australia police when we arrive.’ 

A friend of Ms Thelot, Sarah Genoulaz, said her family need to know the truth so they can grieve properly. 

‘The three boys in the vehicle must know. She loved life. My heart is broken,’ Ms Genoulaz said.  

Police are seen conducting their investigation on the freeway where Ms Thelot was killed (pictured on July 3)

Police are seen conducting their investigation on the freeway where Ms Thelot was killed (pictured on July 3)

One car swerved to avoid hitting Ms Thelot (pictured , right, with a friend), but a least three other vehicles slammed into the French national, killing her

One car swerved to avoid hitting Ms Thelot (pictured , right, with a friend), but a least three other vehicles slammed into the French national, killing her

Ms Thelot planned to soon visit her family in France and hoped she could return to Australia and live in Perth. 

Her family want to bury Ms Thelot in her beloved Perth, but have been unable to travel to Australia and say goodbye due to coronavirus travel restrictions. 

Her mother, Clementine, said she has not yet been granted a travel exemption so she can bury her daughter. 

The family turned to crowdfunding to cover the costs of the flights, but haven’t raised enough money. 

‘This COVID-19 paralyses the hope of a close departure,’ Clementine said on Facebook.  

Her family have been left heartbroken and confused by the tragic incident but said Camille had no history of mental health issues

Her family have been left heartbroken and confused by the tragic incident but said Camille had no history of mental health issues

Western Australia Police said drivers, police and paramedics have been 'traumatised' by the death of Ms Thelot (pictured) and said her injuries were 'particularly confronting'

Western Australia Police said drivers, police and paramedics have been ‘traumatised’ by the death of Ms Thelot (pictured) and said her injuries were ‘particularly confronting’

Her family want to bury Ms Thelot in her beloved Perth, but have been unable to travel to Australia and say goodbye due to coronavirus travel restrictions

Her family want to bury Ms Thelot in her beloved Perth, but have been unable to travel to Australia and say goodbye due to coronavirus travel restrictions

Western Australia Police said drivers, police and paramedics have been ‘traumatised’ by the death of Ms Thelot.  

‘A large number of people who were either involved or witnessed the crash, have been impacted by this incident,’ police said in a statement. 

Metropolitan Region Acting Commander Tony Flack said her injuries were ‘particularly confronting.’ 

Police have continued their investigation into the crash and are speaking to two of the drivers involved in the incident. 

The third vehicle involved, a red Toyota Camry or Aurion 2015 to 2017 model, which police believe was the first car to hit Ms Thelot fled the scene after the crash. 

Police released a statement urging the driver of the Toyota to come forward. 

They believe the driver may have much-needed information regarding the circumstances behind the fatal crash.   

Police are preparing a report for the Coroner. 

For 24/7, confidential advice call Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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