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Mitchell-Thomas race death ruled an accident by Coroner

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

RISING motorcycling star Malachi Mitchell Thomas' death has been ruled an accident by a Coroner.

The 20-year-old who was racing at the North West "200" for Dungannon-based team BE Racing, was killed in a Supertwin race in May of last year.

He died of "unsurvivable" chest injuries when he came off his bike at 100mph, a Coroner has said.

Malachi's Kawasaki came out from under him during the event and he slid for 90 feet on his chest before crashing into a baled wall.

Area coroner Alan Walsh concluded in an inquest at Bolton Coroner's Court that the 20-year-old's death was an accident and a result of "unsurvivable" chest injuries.

The court was told his bike had no mechanical faults and the road had been declared fit to race on.

Malachi was described as a racer of "unbelievable ability, who was likely to reach the top of his profession".

In a statement read to the court, his father, Kevin Thomas, said: "He travelled all over the world racing motorcycles and motorcycles were his world. He lived and breathed motorcycles and knew the danger surrounding racing."

He said he did not blame anyone for the incident and, "unfortunately, this is part of motor cycle racing".

Witnesses to the crash reported Malachi, who had been racing from the age of six, may have driven over a "hollow" in the road or a manhole cover, which could have caused the bike to wobble.

The Coroner added: "I have no doubt that he would have gone on to win grands prix around the world.

“It is a great tragedy that someone of such ability should die so early in his career."

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