Jersey teenager died of pneumonia after motorbike crash

A Jersey teenager died of pneumonia in a UK hospital eight months after a motorbike crash, an inquest heard.

Paul Arthur Maguire, 18, had gone out for a takeaway in St Helier when his motorbike collided with a car in November 2010.

The inquest heard Mr Maguire never regained full consciousness after the crash, and was treated in Jersey, Southampton and Bath hospitals.

The motorbike collided with a car coming out from a side road.

The States of Jersey Police said the car driver was not to blame for the crash on Queens Road, but it could have been avoided if the motorbike had been travelling within the speed limit.

Dr Margaret Bayes, the relief coroner, heard how Mr Maguire was taken to Jersey's General Hospital before being transferred to Southampton for treatment of injuries to his head, ribs and spine.

He had several trips to Southampton for treatment and was admitted to a specialist brain injuries unit at Royal United Hospital, Bath, where he died on 15 July, 2011.

Dr Bayes ruled Mr Maguire's cause of death was pneumonia due to prolonged immobility caused by his injuries.