Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

French TT tourist's death a 'tragic accident'

Douglas Courthouse
Image caption The inquest was held at Douglas Court House

A French motorcyclist killed on a visit to the Isle of Man during TT week died from a massive impact to the chest, an inquest has heard.

Jean Jacques Gerard Leroux, 50, died in a collision on the A1 Douglas to Peel Road on 4 June.

Douglas Court House heard Mr Leroux would have died almost instantly after suffering a "massive blunt force trauma".

Coroner John Needham recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Mr Leroux, a labourer from Fresnes, in France, had been visiting the Isle of Man for the TT races, with a motorbike club called The 59 Club.

He had been travelling along the A1 on his Triumph motorcycle when he collided with a stationary Peugeot 206 car.

The court heard how the impact had thrown Mr Leroux under a Lexus 4x4 vehicle travelling in the opposite direction, dragging him for about 28 metres.

Mr Needham read out a series of statements, including one from the driver of the Lexus vehicle.

"I heard a horrible thump but there was nothing I could do."

Another statement from Matthew Wilkinson, who had been waiting to watch the TT races, said: "I heard screeching tyres and a bang and then I saw the motorcyclist sliding down the road and underneath the car".

The court also heard a statement from Robert Goldsmith, who had been driving behind the Lexus.

It said: "He couldn't avoid the red car, he couldn't see it.

Coroner Needham said it had been a "tragic accident". He said: "Mr Leroux's family could take some crumbs of comfort from the fact that he would have died almost instantly and would not have been aware of his injuries."

The court heard how a number of travelling marshals, a qualified paramedic and two Austrian doctors, over for the TT, had tried to help Mr Leroux at the scene, but that there were "no signs of life".

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