Tributes pour in for much-loved doctor killed in motorbike tragedy

Dr John Hinds RIP
Dr John Hinds RIP

There was another tragedy on the roads this weekend after a much-loved racing medic was killed in a fatal crash on Friday.

Dr John Hinds was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin after the incident in the practice session for the Skerries 100 road race, but later died as a result of his injuries.

Dr Hinds, from Tandragee in Co Armagh, came off his 1000cc BMW machine during the session and gardai are investigating the cause of the incident.

Big crowds turned out for the race yesterday, but the event was overshadowed by the tragic news.

The organising Loughshinny Motorcycle Club cancelled the remainder of practice but decided the event should go ahead.

Dr John Hinds races to a casualty during a race

News of Dr Hinds’ sad passing was confirmed in a statement from the Motorcycling Ireland Medical Team (MCI), which read: “With deep regret the family of Dr John Dermot Hinds announce his sad passing. They would like to give grateful thanks to all those involved in his care.”

Dr Hinds, an intensive care consultant and anaesthetist at Craigavon Area Hospital, provided expert medical cover at motorcycle race meetings across Ireland voluntarily on behalf of the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (MCUI).

He was highly regarded in the sport and played a vital role in saving many riders’ lives over the years.

Dr Hinds was also was a leading voice in the campaign for an emergency medical helicopter in Northern Ireland.

Tributes poured in on social media over the past 24 hours.

One poster on Twitter said: “Deeply saddened to hear that road racing travelling doctor John Hinds lost his life. Always risked his life to save others. RIP.”

Others described him as “a giant of a man” and “a legend”, with another poster remarking that “so many are alive today due to his excellent work” over the years.

The 'flying doctor', as he was often called, recently said: "Hospital medicine has become very much full of protocols and guidelines - out here it's a wee bit more 'seat of your pants' medicine really.

"And it's very rewarding to be able to treat people that way: where you don't have a sterile operating field and you're not in a resuscitation bay; you're very often in a ditch somewhere."