Devastated Northamptonshire parents pay tribute to 21-year-old son who died in car crash

Andrew Hobbs (left) with DJ Judge Jules, died after a car crash at his home.
Andrew Hobbs (left) with DJ Judge Jules, died after a car crash at his home.

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 south Northamptonshire on December 10, 2013.

Mr Hobbs, who lived with his parents in Whitfield, near Brackley, was a software engineer with ambitions to also become a DJ.

During an inquest into his death held yesterday at County Hall in Northampton, his parents 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.

Yesterday’s inquest 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 Gallon, who attended the incident, said there was no way the oncoming car, a red Volkswagen Scirocco, 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, Alan Hobbs, rushed to the site to find his son unconscious in his car and cradled him until emergency services arrived and pronounced his death.

In a tribute published shortly after his death, Andrew Hobbs’ family described him as “sensitive, intelligent, thoughtful and fun”.

His mother, Shirley, said: “Andrew lived life to the full. His smile lit up a room. He was always, always laughing and joking. He was the apple of my eye.”

Managing director of Dragon2000, Mark Cooper, said: “He was never any trouble. He was a thoroughly nice guy.”

Mr Hobbs had even developed a friendship with his DJ hero, Judge Jules.