Devastated parents pay tribute to ‘sociable son’

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Andrew Hobbs ENGPNL00120131212174032

The family of a young man who died in a car crash said they have been left ‘devastated’ and that ‘words cannot describe how we feel’.

Andrew Hobbs was only 21 years old when he was involved in a crash near his home in Whitfield on December 10 last year.

Mr Hobbs, who lived with his parents at The Avenue in the village, was a software engineer with ambitions to also become a DJ.

During an inquest into his death held on Wednesday at County Hall in Northampton, his parents, Alan and Shirley Hobbs, described him as a sociable son who was very close to his family and valued all his friendships, even those made while he was growing up for four years in Marbella, Spain.

Mr Hobbs, who was close to his sisters, Vickie and Kelly and his five nephews and a niece, had been planning to move to London with his girlfriend, Lyssa, who he had known since childhood.

Coroner Anne Pember heard how his black Saab was struck by an oncoming car as he drove on to the A43 from The Avenue, Whitfield, on his way to work at Dragon 2000 in Paulerspury about 8.30am.

After surveys conducted earlier this year following the crash, Pc Nathan Gallon, who attended the incident, said there was no way the oncoming car, a red Volkswagen Scirocco driven by a 29-year-old man from Kettering, could have reacted in time to avoid the collision and concluded that it had been a tragic error.

When neighbours saw the crash happen, Andrew’s father rushed to the site to find his son unconscious in his car and cradled him until emergency services arrived and pronounced his death.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mrs Pember said Mr Hobbs had died of chest and abdominal injuries as a result of the accident.