David Jukes crash death: Biker 'loved life to the full'

David Jukes by Ciaran Broad (iomttphotos.co.uk) Mr Jukes worked with his partner Cathy in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Isle of Man's hospital

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A motorcyclist died after hitting a wall at high speed during practice for the Isle of Man's Southern 100 road races, an inquest has heard.

David Stephen Jukes, 46, from Braddan, died instantly in the accident on the approach to Ballakeighan Corner on Monday 9 July.

On the final lap of the 600cc practice session Mr Jukes ran into the back of newcomer Tom Robinson at over 100 mph.

Coroner John Needham recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

'Fanatical biker'

Mr Jukes lost control of his machine and hit a wall before being thrown from his Yamaha machine, the hearing was told.

Flag marshal Peter Harrison said: "There was an explosion of dust and debris filled the air."

One spectator said Mr Jukes was breaking so hard to avoid contact that his back wheel left the ground.

His partner Cathy Magee said: "Dave had four big passions, his family, his job, music and racing his bike.

"He was a loyal friend and a very proud dad and I miss him every day. He was no angel but he was a positive influence on everyone he met and lived and loved life to the full."

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

He was one of three Manx riders to die in separate accidents at this year's meeting.

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