POLICE say a popular Stourbridge GP who died hours after her car overturned on a country road had chosen not to go to hospital after the incident.
Dr Liz Pope, who worked at Three Villages Surgery based in Wollaston and Amblecote, had been driving a black Alfa Romeo Giulietta and had just overtaken a cyclist when the crash happened at around 8.05am yesterday (Wednesday) at Broughton, near Claverley.
News of her death has devastated patients and colleagues at the surgery and on Dudley's Clinical Commissioning Group, of which she was a key member.
The crash, which happened on an unnamed road, saw police alerted - and fire crews who righted the car.
Dr Pope, who was in her 30s, was also assessed by paramedics at the scene but she chose not to go to hospital, West Mercia Police confirmed.
PC Tim Lever from Shrewsbury Police Station said: “The woman appeared relatively uninjured and was collected from the scene by her partner.
"However sadly, just two hours later, the ambulance service was called to their home address following reports that she had died.
“Our thoughts go out to the woman’s family and we have assigned a family liaison officer to help them at this difficult time.
“While the cause of death is not currently known, due to the short amount of time between the crash and her passing away, we are investigating this as if it were a fatal collision."
The cyclist, who was travelling towards Halfpenny Green Airport, was not injured.
Shropshire's coroner was informed of the death and a post mortem is to be carried out, police said.
Anyone who witnessed the crash, or saw the Alfa Romeo and the cyclist travelling along the road before it happened, should call police on 101 (and quote reference number 214S 271113).