Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Southern 100: David Jukes died from 'multiple injuries'

David Jukes by Ciaran Broad (iomttphotos.co.uk)
Image caption Mr Jukes was a regular competitor at the Southern 100 races, held annually in the south of the island

A Manx motorcyclist died from multiple injuries following a high-speed crash during practice for the Isle of Man's Southern 100, an inquest has heard.

David Stephen Jukes, 46, from Douglas, died in an accident on the approach to Ballakeighan Corner on the Billown Circuit on Monday 9 July.

The court heard he died later that day in Noble's hospital, where he also worked as a charge nurse.

Coroner John Needham confirmed he died from "massive blunt force trauma".

Mr Needham said the father-of-one died as a result of "multiple injuries" having come off his machine in Monday's opening practice session, held on closed roads at Billown.

The 46-year-old was one of three Manx riders to die in separate accidents at this year's meeting.

Officials from the Southern 100 committee attended the hearing including the clerk of the course Phil Taubman and race secretary George Peach.

Mr Jukes, who worked with his partner Cathy in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Isle of Man's hospital has been described as a "wonderful and dedicated nurse and a fanatical biker," by colleagues.

He was a regular competitor at both the Southern 100 and Manx Grand Prix.

Mr Needham passed on his condolences to his family, who chose not to attend the short hearing at Douglas Courthouse.

The inquest was adjourned by Mr Needham with a date yet to be fixed.

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