Inquest opens into tragic death of RAC mechanic in A617 smash

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An inquest has heard that enquiries are continuing into the death of a RAC mechanic while working on a vehicle on the Rainworth Bypass.

The four-minute hearing was held at Nottingham Council House into the death of David Stokes, an RAC employee who lived in the Derby suburb of Chellaston.

Nottinghamshire Assistant Coroner Heidi Connor said that his death was reported to have occurred on June 15 on the A617 near Mansfield.

His father Graham Stokes identified his son’s body in the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.

Before she adjourned the hearing, Miss Connor described it as “a tragic death” and that Mr Stokes was “working as a RAC roadside mechanic at the time.”

She said that more information is being sought and statements taken. No family members were present.

Miss Connor added: “I would like to record my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr Stokes at this time.”

Mr Stokes was working on the eastbound dual carriageway, according to a police statement released shortly after.

In a tribute, his family said: “Words can’t express how much we love and miss him. He was a true family man who died doing the job he loved. He will be missed by all.”

Dave Hobday, chief executive of the RAC, said: “David was a dedicated, much loved and valued member of our team.

His death has been a terrible shock to all of us at the RAC.

“We continue to work closely with his family and will do everything we can to support them at this incredibly difficult time.

“His death has sparked an enormous reaction from colleagues, friends, other breakdown patrols and recovery workers.