A 33-year-old Australian doctor’s family has confirmed the body of their Australian wife found dead on a road in Western Australia on Sunday morning was that of a man.
“He is not related to us,” Dr Michael Hirst’s brother, Dr Daniel Hirst, told The Australian newspaper on Tuesday.
“I was informed by police today that she had died in a road accident and that her body was found in a car, at least that’s what police told me,” Dr Hirst told the Australian.
“It is a tragedy for our family.
I think everyone would like to know that she is still alive.”
The police and ambulance services are doing their best to help her family.
“My sister, she’s in a bad place at the moment, I think she has a lot of stress and anxiety.”
Dr Hirst was driving his wife to work when she was struck by a car on the Hume Highway near the town of Monadnock on Sunday afternoon.
The woman was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“She was in her early 40s, she was an Aussie medical professional, she had done research on obesity in children and was working on a project with the Australian Obesity Action Network,” Dr Daniel said.
“There was a lot more to her than that.”
The road was closed for several hours while the police investigated the accident.
A coroner is yet to determine the cause of death.
The family has not been told the identity of the man who died, but Dr Hist said his brother would not hesitate to tell his story to the media if the circumstances warranted.
“If it comes to that, I would say that it’s all his fault, but I am not in a position to say,” Dr Daniels said.