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First responders tell of fight to save man hit by car on Mitchell Freeway

Two first responders have told of their desperate attempts to save a 21-year-old Perth man’s life after he was hit by a car while changing a tyre early on Sunday morning.

Jack McCormack was helping his Ola driver change the tyre on their white Mitsubishi Outlander, which had stopped in the northbound lane of the Mitchell Freeway, when he was struck by a white Toyota Prado.

First responders Tori Ripper and Leah Pieterse saw the commotion as two boys waved their car down while they drove past.

A nursing student, Ms Pieterse, 19, was the only one at the scene who knew CPR and moved Mr McCormack into the recovery position, checked his mouth and started compressions.

They fought to keep the university student alive for 10 minutes before Mr McCormack was taken to Royal Perth Hospital, where he died hours later.

The state lacrosse player was remembered by his Wanneroo Joondalup Lacrosse Club as a “one of a kind character with a heart of gold”.

Jack McCormack died after being hit by a car, having helped his Ola driver change a tyre on the Mitchell Freeway on Sunday morning.

Jack McCormack died after being hit by a car, having helped his Ola driver change a tyre on the Mitchell Freeway on Sunday morning. Credit:Nine News Perth

The young women who fought to help Mr McCormack have urged others to take the time and learn first aid.

Police are calling on anyone with information about the crash, or who saw either of the vehicles involved prior, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at crimestopperswa.com.au.

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