A skateboarder holding a pizza was killed when he fell from his board and a beer bottle smashed in his pocket, slicing an artery.
The horror accident occurred on Friday night as the skater rode along the pavement with the takeaway food in one hand and a beer bottle in his pocket.
His femoral artery was severed when he hit the concrete and traumatised witnesses tried to stem the bleeding, but to no avail.
CCTV footage from a nearby house captured the man skating down the street with the food in his hand, before the tragedy.
The footage shows an ambulance rushing to the scene.
Described as a ‘freak accident’ by Australia’s 7News, the distressing death has shocked residents in the south of Perth, the capital and largest city of the state of Western Australia, named after the city of Perth in Scotland.
Authorities have not revealed the man’s name and age.
Paramedics who arrived found they were unable to save the man’s life, despite efforts of witnesses to stem the bleeding.
Witnesses were said to have been confronted with a distressing scene, and said they could barely see the pavement through his blood.
The man reportedly said “help me, I’m dying” – his last words to paramedics.
Floral tributes have been laid at the scene, where it is speculated an uneven pavement could have been to blame.
Local rangers from the City of Melville local government area have erected a sign to warn people about the hazardous footpath.
While it remains unclear what caused the skateboarder to come off his board, local residents told reporters the pavement on McKimmie Road, in Palmyra, in Perth’s south west, was uneven and likely contributed.
Poor street lighting was also suggested as a contributor factor.
The local authority did not comment on these claims but said an investigation was underway into his death.