A FORMER nightclub DJ may have died as a result of under-inflated tyres on the hired motorbike he was riding, an inquest heard.
Gary Walker, 35, who was resident DJ Gary G at Nantwich nightclub Gregory's, lost his life in a road accident on the holiday island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands just three weeks after moving there to start a new life in March 2004.
A Spanish police report read at Wednesday's hearing said Mr Walker, formerly of Mossford Avenue, Crewe, was riding down a rough unlit side road after dark when his machine left the road coming into a bend.
No other vehicles were involved, and expert witness PC Patrick Byrne, an accident investigation officer with Cheshire Police, said a combination of under-inflated tyres and sudden braking could have caused Mr Walker to lose control.
He said: 'The report states the tyres were around half the recommended pressure, but that is normal when riding on soft, sandy ground as it gives more grip. However, it also affects performance when taking corners.
'If Gary braked suddenly, the bike may have reacted differently to how he expected, but it is impossible to say what may have caused him to brake like that.'
Mr Walker's widow Amanda Haywood, now remarried, said the couple spent the day of his death, March 13, at a beach about 20 miles from their home in Corralejo.
She spent the day sunbathing while Mr Walker rode his hired Suzuki Bandit motorbike around the sand dunes, heading back to Corralejo some time after 4pm to collect a friend for a beach party.
Mrs Haywood said: 'When he didn't come back I became worried and eventually made my own way back to Corralejo and started asking around our usual haunts. But it wasn't until the next morning I found out what had happened.'
Police found Mr Walker's body off the quiet by-road between Corralejo and Lajares at 11.30pm.
A post-mortem examination showed he died of severe abdominal injuries.
Mrs Haywood added that her husband had lived for his DJ-ing, and was excited about his future working in Fuerteventura's lively bars and clubs after several years entertaining clubbers in Nantwich.
Mr Walker's mother, Rita, of Pwllheli, said: 'He was a very accomplished rider.'
Verdict: Accidental death.