Inquest told of amateur athlete’s tragic road death in Dubai

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A WELL-KNOWN amateur athlete who died on holiday in Dubai had been enjoying a night out with a friend when he was hit by car, an inquest has heard.

Gavin Duffy, from Billingham, had been for a meal with a friend and was getting out of a taxi in the city when he was struck by the vehicle, Teesside assistant coroner Malcolm Donnelly was told.

The driver of the car, a Brazilian national, was convicted of road traffic offences following the death and received a four-month sentence and was banned from driving for six months.

Mr Duffy, 29, a quantity surveyor, was on holiday in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) city when he died on Friday, November 22, last year.

A pathologist report showed Mr Duffy had sustained massive injuries including damage to his liver, heart, a skull fracture and internal bleeding.

Mr Donnelly recorded a narrative verdict which read: “Mr Duffy died of of injuries sustained as a pedestrian having been struck by a motor vehicle.”

Previously Mr Duffy’s family had described him as a “happy and kind” man, who was well known as a member of the Billingham Marsh House Harriers and keen Middlesbrough FC fan.

He leaves behind two brothers and a sister.