A motorcyclist who risked his life to save a crash victim said the ordeal inspired him to quit his job and pursue his dreams.

Elijah White was working as a courier on Friday, September 13 when he spotted a car that had veered off the A1 at the Barnet Bypass, on the Barnet/Borehamwood border, at 8.30pm.

It was pitch black and pouring with rain – but the 31-year-old stepped off his motorbike to climb into the car and soothe the man.

Although the victim died of internal injuries hours later, Mr White has been given an award from the Royal Humane Society for his efforts after being nominated by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Mr White said: “I climbed into the car and undid his seatbelt, and lowered him gently on top of me. I made a joke and he laughed. He seemed happy, he didn’t look like he was in pain.

“They said what I did was remarkable but I don’t agree. I couldn’t save him, that’s my biggest regret. I am proud to receive the award, but it feels a little weird because he should be here today.”

After he found out the victim had been a prominent doctor, Mr White felt inspired to move to Birmingham, volunteer with the St John’s Ambulance Service and start a video editing course.

He added: “Life’s too short and it’s made me realise I have to do something with my life. His death was totally unnecessary and it’s something I’ll remember every day.”