Inquests hear that visiting bikers died in head-on crashes

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INQUESTS into the deaths of two TT visitors heard that both bikers died as a result of head-on collisions with cars.

The first incident, late on the morning of May 29, saw Andrew Stephen Baxter, also known by the surname Dodds, losing his life at Bulgham Rocks on the Laxey Coast Road.

Mr Baxter, 31, rode head-on into a car after Coroner John Needham said he had ‘failed to negotiate’ the first left-hand bend at Bulgham Rocks.

He became trapped underneath the car, which had to be lifted off him by emergency service crews. The plater/welder from North Shields suffered massive blunt force trauma to the head, neck and torso and a post-mortem recorded these injuries as the cause of death.

Mr Baxter’s friend of 18 years Michael Brand, 30, also from North Shields, identified his body.

Opening the inquest into the death of Jean Jacques Gerard Leroux, 50, Mr Needham said the Frenchman had died in a crash at Marown, near the old Wagon and Horses pub – now a private home – on the Peel to Douglas road.

Constable Stuart Baker, who attended the scene, said that Mr Leroux had hit an oncoming car.

When Constable Baker arrived at around 9.25am, Mr Leroux, who worker as a labourer at a plastics factory in Fresnes, was lying face up with his feet underneath the car and he was no longer wearing a helmet. He had suffered massive blunt force trauma to the chest.

Two ambulance crews and two doctors were there but he died at the scene.

A post-mortem examination, carried out by consultant pathologist Dr Christopher Clague showed that he had died from the chest trauma.

Mr Needham expressed his condolences to the families of both Mr Baxter and Mr Leroux, to whom he released the bodies, adjourning the inquests to dates to be fixed. The pair were among five people killed in crashes on open roads during this year’s TT. Police have urged motorists to keep their wits about them and have said the number of fatalities has been ‘unusually high’ this year.

‘Drivers and riders need to remain alert and vigilant as we come to the end of this year’s TT, to make sure that we avoid any more heartache,’ warned Inspector Derek Flint.

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