'The world has lost an inspiration' - Tributes paid to racing doctor John Hinds killed in road crash
Tributes have continued to pour in for Irish road racing doctor John Hinds who died after his motorcycle crashed into a wall as he followed contenders during a practice session.
One of motor sport's best known travelling medics, the 35-year-old lost his life at Beaumont Hospital yesterday afternoon following a crash at practice for the Skerries 100 races near Dublin.
The Tandragee man was an experienced trauma specialist and volunteered as a motorcycle-mounted medic for the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (MCUI).
“John was a true friend to everyone in the motorcycling fraternity throughout Ireland,” the MCI medical team said.
“He has touched the lives of many and indeed has saved many lives not only in his role as a hospital consultant but also as travelling doctor on call at motorcycle road racing events both North and South.
“He will be sorely missed by everyone.”
Dr Hinds was an intensive-care consultant and anaesthetist at Craigavon Hospital and attended people injured in the North West 200 earlier this year.
He is credited with saving the lives of a large number of cycle racers.
Truly shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Dr John Hinds. There is no justice in the world. RIP flying doctor.— Damon Millar (@DamonMillar) July 5, 2015
"With deep regret the family of Dr John Dermot Hinds announce his sad passing," the MCI medical team said.
"They would like to give grateful thanks to all involved in his care. RIP."
Dr Hinds was outspoken in his support of the introduction of an air ambulance service in Northern Ireland, and yesterday DUP Health Minister Simon Hamilton said he was saddened to learn of his death.
Mr Hamilton said: “I had the honour of meeting Dr Hinds recently. His skill was undoubted but what shone through was his passion for his work.
John Hinds: An amazing clinician, educator and leader with a wicked sense of humour. His legacy will live on. pic.twitter.com/n4JYKt0GqZ— KAREL HABIG (@karelhabig) July 4, 2015
“John was extremely well regarded not just within the medical profession, but right across the motorcycling world, where his loss will be greatly mourned.”
According to the BBC, TUV MLA Jim Allister offered his condolences to Dr Hinds' family and said he hope the young doctor’s support for a Northern Irish air ambulance service would be brought to fruition.
"I do hope as a lasting tribute to him, the government will now push ahead with his ambition to have a proper air ambulance service for Northern Ireland.
"It would be very fitting for Dr Hinds," he said.
Such an inspiration, RIP John Hinds . My thoughts are with your family & friends. Such sad news.— Hannah Kelliher (@kelliher_hannah) July 5, 2015
Social media was also flooded with messages of sympathy to the family and friends of Dr Hinds.
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.
Colleagues from as far afield as Australia and the US also expressed their shock, with one posting: "Dr John Hinds… the world has lost an inspiration. Our thoughts are with his family. Such a tragedy."