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Good Samaritan mother-of-two killed as she helped victim in Wantirna crash

Emily was struck by a car on a dimly-lit road in Wantirna, Melbourne, as she gave CPR to a dying motorcyclist

A Good Samaritan killed as she gave CPR to a dying motorcyclist has been remembered as a devoted mother-of-two.

Emily Bartley was struck by a car on a dimly-lit road in Wantirna, Melbourne, just after 10pm on Monday moments after she pulled over to help.

The 27-year-old died at the scene at the corner of Boronia Road and Amesbury Avenue, along with the victim, 37, she was trying to save.

She was on her way home from work at an aged care facility to her husband John, five-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter.

‘We are truly devastated to have lost our beautiful Emily. She was a loving wife and devoted mother,’ her family said in a statement.

‘She was a genuinely caring person right down to her line of work where she cared for dementia patients.

‘We are so very touched and thankful for all the personal messages and tributes and for the concern which has been shown for the wellbeing of our close family.’

Emily stopped after she witnessed a horrifying crash where a speeding motorbike ploughed into the side of an Audi as it tried to cross the intersection.

A Good Samaritan who stopped to help a dying motorcyclist has been killed after being hit by another vehicle, just metres from a hospital

A Good Samaritan who stopped to help a dying motorcyclist has been killed after being hit by another vehicle, just metres from a hospital

White powder was found on the rider after the collision. 

Acting Detective Inspector Brad McArthur told 3AW Emily’s husband was ‘trying to take on board what’s happened’.

‘This is a life-changing event for him and he will never get over this. These children are now without a mother,’ he said.

‘The kids are early school age or not even school age, they’re going to have to live their life without a mother.’

The motorcyclist was known to police, and was in possession of white powder when he was killed. 

Witnesses said it appeared Emily was trying to give the motorcycle rider CPR when she was struck and killed.

Emergency services were called to the intersection at Boronia Rd and Amesbury Ave in Wantirna, Melbourne, just after 10pm on Monday

Emergency services were called to the intersection at Boronia Rd and Amesbury Ave in Wantirna, Melbourne, just after 10pm on Monday

Detective Inspector McArthur said the motorcyclist was riding in an ‘irresponsible and reckless’ way.

He hit the Audi at such speed that the car ‘spun by about 180 degrees’, Detective Inspector McArthur said. 

The 50-year-old Audi driver said he was shocked by how fast the motorcycle was going. Both the driver and his 47-year-old female passenger were uninjured.

The woman was hit by a Honda Prelude as she tried to help the dying motorcycle rider. 

‘We have a person driving in an irresponsible and reckless manner cause a chain of events that led to his death and the death of person trying to help him,’ Detective Inspector McArthur said.

The 32-year-old Honda Prelude driver was also uninjured, and is assisting police with their inquiries.

One of the street lights near the scene of the crash was not working, and police the woman’s dark clothing may have caused the second collision.

Detectives from the major collision unit are investigating the two crashes.

Police told Nine News ‘all parties involved’ stopped to offer assistance.

Investigators remained at the scene on Tuesday morning to clear debris from the road.

Both the 36-year-old male motorcycle rider, who collided with an Audi, and the 26-year-old female pedestrian who stopped to help him died at the scene

Both the 36-year-old male motorcycle rider, who collided with an Audi, and the 26-year-old female pedestrian who stopped to help him died at the scene

The incident occurred at the intersection of Boronia Rd and Amesbury Ave (pictured) in Wantirna in Melbourne - just metres away from a hospital

The incident occurred at the intersection of Boronia Rd and Amesbury Ave (pictured) in Wantirna in Melbourne – just metres away from a hospital



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