Youssef Taha, 20, died after he was thrown from his motorbike during a collision with a turning car on Widford Road in Broadmeadows at 8.30pm yesterday.
Neighbours and passing drivers tried to save the young plumber but there was nothing they could do.
Mr Taha’s heartbroken family told 9News he was someone who was always there for his family and friends, describing him as a good-hearted kid.
A witness told 9News she and her husband came rushing out of her home after hearing a “bang” outside.
“The bike was on the road, the car was on the side,” she said.
“My stomach was turning because I knew something bad had happened.”
Mr Taha’s passenger — an 18-year-old woman riding on the back of the bike — suffered life-threatening injuries.
She stayed with him as passing drivers rushed to help.
“People (were) stopping in their cars and trying to block the traffic so people couldn’t go past and yelling ‘ring an ambulance, ring an ambulance’,” the witness said.
The car was left crumpled, with the shaken driver stopping following the collision.
Both the male driver and a young passenger were also taken to hospital for assessment.
The 18-year-old woman from Craigieburn is fighting for her life at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Detectives from the Major Crash Investigation Unit are trying to piece together the exact circumstances leading to the collision.