Heartbreaking Tributes To Tragic Couple Who Died Within Hours Of Each Other

Heartbreaking Tributes To Tragic Couple Who Died Within Hours Of Each Other
Jason Francis and Alice Robinson had moved to Australia from England (Image: FACEBOOK)

Heartbreaking tributes are being paid to a tragic young couple who died within hours of each other just days before Christmas.

"Distraught" Alice Robinson took her own life shortly after her partner, rugby player Jason Francis, died in hospital after being hit by a Domino's delivery driver, her mum has said.

Jason was a former Market Drayton FC footballer before he and Alice moved to Australia, where they lived in the western city of Perth.

He was fatally struck by a car just outside their home on Saturday, and Alice was later found dead, with her mum saying the young woman "could not bear to live without her beloved Jase".

Heartbreaking Tributes To Tragic Couple Who Died Within Hours Of Each Other
Alice was "heartbroken" after Jason died in hospital (Image: FACEBOOK)

Alice was said to be "heartbroken" and "distraught" following Jason's death while she was at his bedside.

The young couple had been together for eight years and moved from Shropshire, England, under a year ago.

More than £16,000 has now been raised to support the couple's families.

Jason had been on a day out drinking with friends from his rugby club, and they had reportedly organised a taxi home for him on Saturday evening.

Heartbreaking Tributes To Tragic Couple Who Died Within Hours Of Each Other
Grief-stricken Alice took her own life, her mum says (Image: Facebook)

The 29-year-old was on the carriageway in the beachside suburb of Scarborough when he was hit by a white VW Jetta, driven by an 18-year-old man, Western Australia Police said.

There were claims that he was lying on the road by his house when he was hit.

Alice was said to be "heartbroken" and "distraught" following Jason's death. She was found dead less than 24 hours later

Sam Diamond, president of Cottelsoe rugby club, which Mr Francis had joined at the beginning of the year after moving to the area, said he understood Ms Robinson had gone outside to investigate when she saw the flashing emergency lights.

He said: "She was told by first responders that it was Jason they were working on."

Jason was a former Market Drayton FC footballer (Image: FACEBOOK)

He said she had been left "heartbroken" by her partner's death, which was confirmed at Royal Perth Hospital.

He said: "We don't know what happened to her after this. I know the police have launched an inquiry into it. She has gone missing after notifying some of our friends of what's happened (to Mr Francis) and hasn't been found until the next morning."

Mr Diamond said the couple had made a big impression on the community in their short time there.

He added: "They were two of the finest people you could meet. They well and truly ingrained themselves in our club. Both Jase on the field and Alice off the field.

"They were an integral part (of the club)."

He described Alice, who worked for a digital marketing company and was also a talented pencil sketch artist, as having "an infectious laugh" and being "very bubbly".

The couple were living in Perth in Western Australia (Image: Facebook)

He added: "Jason was the sort of person that's always got the time of day for everyone. Loved talking, loved working out, loved staying fit and healthy.

"They were just genuine, down-to-earth, fantastic people."

He said the mothers of both Mr Francis, who was in the process of becoming a firefighter in Australia, and Ms Robinson had expressed their appreciation for the funds raised.

He said: "(They) thanked us for the support and have shown their appreciation for what the club and the community here is trying to do for them and Jase and Alice."

Mr Diamond said the club hopes to hold a memorial service for the couple at a later date.

The captain of Market Drayton Town football club in Shropshire, which Mr Francis had played for, also paid tribute.

Paul McMullen said: "You young man were such a fine piece of our puzzle at MDTFC during our success and it was a pleasure to be part of it playing along side of you."

Alice was found dead shortly after Jason died in hospital (Image: Facebook)

Previously, Alice's mother Dawn wrote on social media: "I am devastated to let everyone know that my beautiful daughter was so distraught she could not bear to live without her beloved Jase and chose to take her own life.

"My husband and I now grieve for the loss of two wonderful people that brought light to everyone's life.

"RIP my gorgeous girlie."

A police spokesman said: "Police will investigate this matter and prepare a report for the coroner, which will include the full circumstances leading to the woman's death."

They have also appealed for witnesses to the collision in Scarborough's Stanley Street at around 8pm on Saturday.

A Domino's Pizza spokeswoman previously told Mirror Online: "Our thoughts are with the family of the victim involved and we remain focused on the health and wellbeing of the driver involved.

"We will provide all necessary support during this time including counselling and support services.

"Domino's is working closely with the police and their ongoing investigation."