Tears for woman struck by lightning
BEAUTIFUL, elegant and driven.
That's how the family of Lauren Brownlee are remembering the 25-year-old who was killed in a freak lightning strike.
Lauren's aunt Melissa Brownlee said the family was still struggling to accept her tragic passing.
"My brother did a sensational job, she was an elegant, beautiful young lady and she just loved her dad and her mum," Melissa said.
Ms Brownlee was from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.
But she had moved to Melbourne and was working in real estate at Stockdale and Leggo in Croydon, alongside her partner Ben Hollow, who was seriously injured in the lightning strike.
The pair had stopped on the side of Sunset Drive in Chirnside Park to watch the thunderstorm that hit Melbourne on Friday night.
They were near a tree that appeared to have been hit by lightning.
Ms Brownlee's family said they were finding it hard to accept.
"She was coming up for Christmas, we had found a beautiful camping spot at Tumut," Melissa said.
Ms Brownlee had grown up a country girl who loved animals.
"She always had a pet duck or chicken," Melissa said.
"And she always had that drive, she was just an honest young lady."
The family was stunned at her death.
"I was at the hospital and I looked up that 90 per cent of people struck by lightning survive," Melissa said.
"I was calling friends to get them to pray for her."
Ms Brownlee will be buried in Wagga Wagga.
The family has set up a fundraising page to help cover funeral costs. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/lauren-brownlees-service