Internationally renowned Australian photographer dies in freak car accident

Dale Sharpe
Dale Sharpe Photo credit: Facebook/ DK Photography

A well respected Australian photographer and storm chaser has died after being hit by a car in America.

Dale Sharpe was hit while getting out of his vehicle on a Kansas highway on Thursday. 

The 36-year-old was driving along the highway when he struck a deer at 12.30am. He pulled over to the side of the road and exited his car.

He was standing outside his car when another vehicle tried to avoid his broken down car and swerved.

A post on his professional photography page explains the tragic circumstances that led to his death.

Sharpe tried to avoid being hit by the car and ran for cover in a ditch, but the oncoming car swerved in the same direction and hit him directly.

He died in a nearby hospital less than two hours later. 

The Gold-Coast based photographer was famous worldwide for his landscapes and astrophotography shots.

He is survived by his partner Karlie and their 10-month-old daughter Mia.