PICTURED: Heavily-pregnant mum, 32, who died after falling from a moving car – as her boyfriend is arrested and her newborn baby fights for life after being delivered by emergency C-section
- Helena Broadbent died near her Keilor Park home in Melbourne on Saturday
- The mother-of-two delivered a baby via caesarean before she died hours later
- A 35-year-old man was charged with dangerous driving causing death
- Her brother said she was ‘so looking forward to the new baby on the way’
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A heavily-pregnant mother-of-two who died after falling from a moving car has been remembered as a ‘beautiful, caring’ woman as her baby fights for its life.
Helena Broadbent died near her Keilor Park home in Melbourne on Saturday.
The 32-year-old sustained life-threatening injuries after she fell from a car police now believe was driven by her partner and the father of her two kids, 7News reported.
After the accident she was airlifted to Royal Melbourne Hospital where doctors performed an emergency caesarean and successfully delivered her baby.
She died a short time later, while her newborn baby was transferred to Royal Women’s Hospital and remains in a critical condition.
Helena Broadbent (pictured right, with her brother Paul) died near her Keilor Park home in Melbourne on Saturday
Her brother Paul Broadbent told 7 News she was delighted to be having another child.
‘She was a beautiful, caring mum who loved those two kids, and she was so looking forward to the new one on the way,’ he said.
Police allege Ms Broadbent’s partner, 35, threatened to assault her inside a Kiwi Retreat home, 7 News reported.
The argument allegedly continued in the car and ended abruptly when she fell onto the road as the car turned around a corner.
He was was arrested a short time later.
The 35-year-old Keilor Downs man was charged with dangerous driving causing death on Sunday evening.
He is expected to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
A woman who gave birth after being thrown from a car has died from her injuries (crime scene pictured)
Neighbour Ivan Sucic told The Herald Sun Ms Broadbent and her partner – who is the father to her three children, had been living nearby for a few years.
He said there never appeared to be any issues with the couple, but noticed a man leaving the house before he ‘jumped in the car, slammed the door when he went in.’
Mr Sucic said he heard Ms Broadbent scream, and minutes later, he saw the couple’s two daughters standing out the front of the home as a man in a dark hoodie ran from the scene.
The two girls are reportedly staying with their grandmother.
When emergency services arrived, Mr Sucic informed them Ms Broadbent was pregnant.
‘I saw bruises on (her) left side from the buttock to the top, she was bleeding through her nose,’ he said.
Images taken from the scene show personal items, including shoes and clothing, strewn across a driveway.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1800RESPECT or 1800 737 732
Police believe the incident occurred after a man known to the 32-year-old woman threatened her with assault at a home in Kiwi Retreat, a suburb of Melbourne (pictured)