Friends and relatives of a 37-year-old man who was killed by a motorcycle have urged Australians to celebrate his life as he was lucky enough to survive the fatal accident.
Key points:Lee Myung-bak’s body was discovered on an Australian highway last monthThe family has paid tribute to Lee Myungbak and his friend who died in the accidentLee Myongbak was a motorcycle mechanic who was travelling from his home in South Korea to Melbourne to help a friend fix a motorcycle.
Mr Myungpae was hit by a car while crossing the country’s 101 highway on November 30, 2017.
He died two weeks later.
He was the first person in the world to be killed in a motorbike accident.
His friend, Lee Sung-won, died in hospital after a motorcyclist struck him.
Both men died on the same day.
Mr Lee’s family and friends have paid tribute in a statement released this week.
“Lee Myangbak, the son of a motorcycle manufacturer, was a devoted father to his three children, son and daughter,” the statement said.
“[Lee Myun-guk] was a gentle, kind and compassionate man who will be missed by many.”
Mr Myunguk was a skilled motorcyclists mechanic and was married to Ms Myungpa.
Mr Myongpae had been working as a motorcycle maintenance mechanic when he was killed.
He had also worked at the Melbourne Motorcycle Club, where he met Mr Myungbaek.
Mr Tae-jin Kim, the president of the motorcycle club, said the community was grieving.
“I hope the whole community will show compassion to Lee and his family,” he said.
“There’s so many other people who were affected by the accident, I hope they’ll show their sympathy for them as well.”
Mr Lee was a devout Christian, the statement continued.
“It’s a terrible tragedy for the entire Korean community that his death has been caused by an accident,” it said.ABC/ReutersTopics:sport,sports,australia,korea-republic-of,koreasFirst posted March 05, 2020 15:51:13Contact Ben JonesMore stories from South Australia