Police are appealing for witnesses after a dying man with serious facial injuries was found on Kirkstall Road yesterday morning.
Dean Taylor and John Binns spotted him lying on the pavement and rushed to his aid – attempting to save his life by administering CPR while they waited for paramedics to arrive.
Mr Taylor, a dad-of-four, has described the heartbreaking minutes they struggled in vain to save a stranger’s life.
He was driving along Kirkstall Road, Leeds, at around 7.20am yesterday (sunday) when he pulled over to see if he and his friend and passenger John Binns could help.
The 40-year-old handyman said: “There was blood all over his face and on the pavement.
“We couldn’t find a pulse. John was checking his neck for a pulse and I was checking his wrist and we couldn’t find it.
“We put him in the recovery position and started chest compressions. John was doing the compressions and I kept checking his pulse but we couldn’t do anything for him, unfortunately.”
The Horsforth dad said: “As far as we could tell he was already dead.”
He and Mr Binns, a dad-of-four from Garforth, had been on their way to play golf at Goals Soccer Centre on Kirkstall Road.
Another man, thought to have been on his way to work, was first on the scene and was already on the phone to Yorkshire Ambulance Service when they pulled over near the Benfield Ford/Hyundai garage.
Mr Taylor said: “The ambulance service told us to keep compressing until they got there. Then they came and did everything they could.”
He described the experience as “very shocking”.
West Yorkshire Police said the dead man was believed to have been in his mid 40s. They are treating the death as suspicious and want to hear from anyone with information.
Inspector Carlton Young said: “We got the call from the ambulance service. One of the crew came across the male in the road with serious facial injuries, by Benfield Ford prior to Washington Road. He was treated at the scene but died of his injuries. “Initial inquiries are underway to establish what has occurred and how the man came to be injured.”
He added: “There will be a full post-mortem to establish a cause of death.”
MrTaylor said: “I think he had fallen – he was lying face down.
“I would feel a lot happier if it wasn’t something untoward.”
Burley resident Hayley Whitlock said: “We don’t know if it was a murder or if maybe someone got drunk and fell over or what happened but if it is murder then there’s someone out there doing it and that’s scary.”
Kirkstall Road was closed in the outbound direction between 7.30am and 12.30am while police carried out their inquiries.
Anyone with information should ring 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.