Skerries 100 marred by tragic death of Dr John Hinds

Dr John Hinds at the Tandragee 100 in 2013
Dr John Hinds at the Tandragee 100 in 2013

Highly regarded road racing travelling doctor John Hinds has died following an incident during practice at the Skerries 100 meeting near Dublin.

The Tandragee man was involved in an accident during practice for the Irish national road race on Friday afternoon, with the organising Loughshinny Motorcycle Club taking the decision to cancel the remainder of the day’s action afterwards.

Racing went ahead on Saturday and it later transpired that Dr Hinds had sadly passed away in hospital.

The 35-year-old carried out his role on a voluntary basis for the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (MCUI), providing rapid response medical aid at road race meetings north and south and has been credited with saving countless lives.

A statement on Saturday issued by the Motorcycling Ireland Medical Team (MCI) said Dr Hinds passing had been confirmed by his family.

The statement said: “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 was a consultant and anaesthetist at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh and a lecturer in trauma science.

He was also a major advocate of the need for an emergency medical helicopter in Northern Ireland, which was brought into focus at the North West 200 in May when a helicopter had to be summoned from Co Sligo following a serious crash involving a female spectator.