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Accidental death ruling for ex-MGP man

Verdict of accidental death reached for 60-year-old Charles Hughes

A verdict of accidental death was reached at the inquest of a Warrington man at Douglas courthouse this afternoon.

Sixty-year-old Charles Vincent Hughes was fatally injured after a single-vehicle road traffic collision near the Les Graham Memorial on May 31 this year.

Mr Hughes, a three-time competitior in the Manx Grand Prix, was visiting the Island with a friend for the 2015 TT races.

The pair were doing a lap of the Mountain Course at the time.

A witness revealed in a statement read to the court how she saw a man and a motorcycle thrown into the air about the height of a 'two-storey house'.

Mr Hughes was not intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Coroner of Inquests John Needham said - it's very difficult to come to a conclusion as to why he didn't make it round the bend safely - and that it was perhaps down to a split second of misjudgement.

Mr Needham said Mr Hughes would not have suffered in the incident - concluding he was clearly passionate about bikes and followed that passion to the end.

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