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Crash motorcyclist had heart of gold
Crash motorcyclist had 'heart of gold'

Ryad Sekkouah could not wait for fatherhood.

Known to his friends and family as a generous man with a heart of gold, the optician and business owner had been married for two years and eagerly awaited having children.

But Mr Sekkouah's life was cut cruelly short on Tuesday night when he died in circumstances eerily similar to an incident several years ago when he probably saved the life of a woman who threw herself on to train tracks.

Mr Sekkouah, 30, was riding his motorcycle north along Challenger Parade in City Beach when he lost control on a right hand bend and hit a road sign near West Coast Highway.

Mr Sekkouah's older brother Faysal said Ryad broke his leg in the crash and was haemorrhaging, which contributed to his death.

His injuries mirror those of a stranger Mr Sekkouah helped when a train ran over her leg after she attempted to commit suicide.

"He ripped his shirt and tied her leg to stop the bleeding and he tried to revive her . . . and he managed to keep her alive until the ambulance came," Faysal Sekkouah said.

"He just helps everyone. He'll just jump right in there but this time no one could save him."

Mr Sekkouah, an avid motorcycle rider, was with friends before the accident but for some reason dropped behind them.

His friends offered condolences on Facebook with many saying the loss was tragic and devastating.

One friend wrote: "RIP Ryad. I can't believe this. You had a heart of gold and will be missed by many :(."

Mr Sekkouah said his brother would be affectionately remembered as generous, compassionate and deeply loyal.