Tributes have poured in for the motorcyclist who died in a five-vehicle crash in Sydney’s Royal National Park on Sunday.
Gerard Golis, 35, from Centennial Park, succumbed to injuries he suffered in the pile-up involving two cars and three motorbikes shortly after midday.
Friends and family said the keen motorcyclist loved life and died doing what he enjoyed most – riding his motorcycle.
“I would give anything to see that smile again. I will always remember you and love you,” one tribute to Mr Golis read online.
“A great young guy gone way too soon! My heart feels so sad,” another said.
While Mr Golis died instantly, two other riders were critically injured and if it wasn’t for an off-duty paramedic, the death toll could have trebled.
Marcus Hunziker was on leave and driving home from church with his wife and five kids when they came upon the crash.
“I didn’t have any equipment which is a little bit daunting when you walk up, not even with a pair of gloves,” he said.
He checked the injured men for vital signs then grabbed a phone and called in the details.
But the modest hero says other bystanders deserve equal credit as they did what they could with first aid kits at hand.
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“It was evident that there was significant injury to all three riders,” he revealed.
Mr Hunziker remained with the injured men until a helicopter and more ambulances arrived. The two survivors were taken to St George Hospital where they remain in serious condition.
“It’s not the first time, and I hate to say it I doubt it’s going to be the last. Every paramedic in their career comes across an accident such as this,” he said.