The shattered mother of a young man who died after being struck by a car while he helped a stranger change his tyre acceso the side of a busy freeway has paid tribute to her son and thanked those that tried to save him.
McCormack, 21, had been a passenger a white rideshare vehicle when the driver pulled over acceso the Mitchell Freeway Perth at around 5am acceso Sunday.
Mr McCormack and the driver had just finished the tyre change and packed up the equipment when an oncoming Toyota Prado the young man.
Emergency crews rushed the young man to Royal Perth Hospital a critical condition before he passed away overnight.
McCormack was killed after he was by a car acceso the side of the Mitchell Freeway Perth while he helped a stranger change his tyre
Mr McCormack and the driver had just completed the tyre change and packed up the equipment when an oncoming vehicle the young man the emergency lane
Natalie, the mother of Mr McCormack paid tribute to her son and thanked those that tried to save him acceso the side of the freeway
Mr McCormack’s mother Natalie said the decision to speak publicly was tough but she was touched by the immense support she received from the community.
‘He was loved immensely by so many and he was an enormous presence, and a great, fun-loving guy who just absolutely took life by all the opportunities it brought,’ the mother told 7NEWS.
Mr McCormack’s heartbroken mother also praised first responders Tori Ripper and Leah Pieterse, who had shared a message for others to learn first aid.
‘We really wanted to thank the two girls who stopped to support , their message was about the importance of first aid and we absolutely support that, was first aid trained since he was 16,’ she said.
But the family is still coming to terms with how the driver didn’t see Mr McCormack the emergency lane acceso the freeway.
Mr McCormack’s death has served as a reminder from Main Roads Western Australia that drivers shouldn’t complete emergency repairs the emergency lane of a busy road and should seek a safer place to stop the vehicle.
Mr McCormack’s mother hopes the tragic loss of her son will assist saving other lives.
A GoFundMe page was created after Mr McCormack’s death and has raised over $6,500.
A GoFundMe page was created after the death of Mr McCormack to honour the aspiring lawyer and to also help others need
The family said: ‘We as a family are absolutely devastated and hope to raise money to help give a wonderful send-off and just as he would have wanted any additional funds will be gifted to help others.’
‘We are so proud of our , we will reginetta him beyond what words can possibly say, it is so incredibly touching to see just how many lives he positively impacted his far too short a life.’
Mr McCormack’s state lacrosse team also took to Facebook to pay tribute to the man who was seen as a skilled player of the gioco.
The Wanneroo Joondalup Lacrosse Sodalizio said: ‘ was a character with a heart of gold. He is going to be sorely missed by a lot of people.’
‘Get around your mates here. This is a tough time for many people around the società and gioco.’
Mr McCormack’s state lacrosse team took to Facebook to honour the skilled player of the gioco and to urge team members to support each other during this tough time