‘A lovely lad with a smile which lit up a room’ is how friends and family of Andrew Hobbs will remember him after he died in a car accident on the A43 on Tuesday.
Andrew, 21, died when his black Saab 93 was in collision with a red Volkswagen Scirroco at the A43 junction with The Avenue, Whitfield, where he lived.
Andrew’s father, Alan Hobbs, was at home when the collision happened, sometime around 8.35am as Andrew was heading out to work as a software engineer at Dragon2000, in Paulerspury.
Alan rushed to the accident site, only to find it was his son who had been fatally injured.
Andrew’s mother, Shirley Hobbs, said: “He cradled him in his arms but he knew he had gone by then.”
Andrew had lived in Whitfield with his parents for the last six years, having returned to the UK following four years in Marbella, Spain. He attended Magdalen College School, Brackley, where he completed his GCSEs.
Andrew took up an IT apprenticeship and in 2010 he was named Midlands Apprentice of the Year.
Andrew’s parents describe a sensitive, intelligent son, who was thoughtful and fun.
Shirley said: “He lived life to the full. He was always making us smile. His smile lit up a room. He was always, always laughing and joking. He was the apple of my eye. He was loved by everybody.”
Andrew planned to move to London to be with his girlfriend, Lyssa Johnson, and to follow his dream of becoming a DJ. Shirley added: “He loved anything to do with trance. Judge Jules was his favourite. He saw him several times and they exchanged emails.”
Andrew had two sisters, Vickie and Kelly, and was uncle to five nephews. He was also especially close to his 15-year-old neice Rebekah.
Andrew had a laid-back attitude to life, even when faced with serious illness. He was hospitalised when he was just 11 years old after a fall. Doctors discovered Andrew had hydrocephalus, a condition which means fluid does not drain from the brain properly. He underwent an operation to implant a valve in his head to help his body relieve the pressure in his skull.
Managing director of Dragon2000, Mark Cooper, said: “Andrew was never any trouble, always reliable, always back at his desk or happy to be given new work. Everybody felt the same way about him, he was a thoroughly nice guy.”
Ian Colling, head of Magdalen College School, said: “Andrew was always cheerful and a pleasure to teach.”