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Newlywed Geelong nurse killed in motorbike accident on honeymoon in Vietnam

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Nurse killed in bike accident on honeymoon

A newlywed Geelong woman was killed instantly when a truck crashed into her scooter while she was on an organised tour in Vietnam. Nine news.

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Newlywed Katie Hirth was on an organised scooter tour of Hoi Ann, on Vietnam’s east coast, before her long-awaited honeymoon was cut tragically short.

The 26-year-old nurse from Geelong and her new husband, James Weedon, were riding separate scooters when a truck crashed with her bike and killed her instantly last Thursday.

"We know she died instantly," sister-in-law Laura Weedon said.

Katie Hirth

Katie Hirth

"We're not exactly sure of the details, and don't really feel like it matters, to be honest. But she didn't suffer, and that's important."

Ms Hirth's parents and other relatives have flown to Vietnam to support her widower and make arrangements to bring her body home.

The couple, who grew up around Colac but had moved to Geelong, had met at secondary school and had been together for several years.

"They were absolutely made for each other," Ms Weedon said.

"At their wedding, everyone was saying that you don't see this all that often - two people so adoring of each other, and so obviously meant to be.

"They just complemented each other so perfectly."

Ms Weedon said the wedding was held at Barwon Heads beach on February 22.

"It was just like them. It was fun and light-hearted."

Their families had lunch with them the next day, and said goodbye for the last time as they left for their honeymoon.

Ms Hirth, a nurse at Geelong Private Hospital, was a bubbly, beautiful and outgoing woman who "embraced life with open arms", Ms Weedon said.

She said the Hirth and Weedon families were very close, and have been supporting each other since the death.

"We're up and down. We're just wanting to get them all home, and in some ways it will be more difficult once they're home."

Ms Weedon thanked friends and family for messages of love and support.

"Nothing really helps ... but it does help knowing people care."

A Foreign Affairs Department spokeswoman said consular officials were also providing assistance to the families.

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