A grieving boyfriend has implored people to “treat your significant other like the king or queen they are” after discovering that his girlfriend had been killed in a car crash.
Darcey-Jaine Hopwood, 22, was killed on Saturday night while walking back from a friend’s wedding in Boneo, south of Melbourne. She had been walking with a group of friends when she was it by the car on a poorly lit road.
The driver of the car, a 61-year-old man, stopped to help as Ms Hopwood’s friends as they attempted CPR by the roadside, but she died at the scene Australia’s 9News reported.
Miss Hopwood was originally from Oldham but had had moved to Australia with her mother and siblings nine years ago. Her sister Jaide told the Manchester Evening News the 22-year-old had recently qualified as a nurse and had received her certificate the day before the crash.
Boyfriend Scott Riley wrote a heartfelt tribute to his partner in a Facebook post, in which he shared pictures of the pair together, described their final kiss, and revealed he had been planning on proposing on their upcoming trip to Europe.
“Everyone, treat your significant other like the king or queen they are to you today,” he wrote. “Do it for me, because for me, I can’t. In the early hours of this morning while I was planning my Valentine’s Day ahead for the love of my life I received a phone call telling me I’d never be seeing my amazing girl again. EVER. As she’d been taken away from me and is now with God.
“Appreciate the love you have around you, embrace and enjoy it. Please do it for me. Yesterday morning when I left I kissed her sweet lips goodbye but I never thought it would be the last time. I love you Darcy.”
His post has been shared nearly 50,000 times. Mr Riley told the newspaper he was glad it had been shared so widely.
“I’m glad that post reached the world. I’ve got thousands of messages of people telling me how well they’re going to treat their partner from seeing my post. And that was the aim. To appreciate your loved ones every damn day,” he said.