Jake Rebbeck, 21, died in a crash when rushing home from his 21st birthday party

Jake Rebbeck died in March

Jake Rebbeck died in March

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A SOUTHAMPTON student who died in a crash hours after his 21st birthday party was over the drink-drive limit, an inquest heard.

Jake Rebbeck had been celebrating in Southampton with friends when his bank card was stolen.

The inquest heard the Southampton Solent University student “impulsively” decided to return home to Gloucestershire at around 1.30am when he found £120 was missing from his account.

But he lost control of his MG SR Rover and collided with a white Ford Transit Connect van on the A4175 near Kingscote, Gloucestershire.

After completing most of the trip Mr Rebbeck made a phone call to his mother, Margaret, from Calcot service station, at about 5am.

He initially told her he had no money for petrol, but found some change in his car shortly afterwards and continued his journey.

Mrs Rebbeck said that her son did not sound noticeable tired.

According to statements from his university friends, he had not told anyone he was leaving and had been drinking both beer and spirits on March 5.

Medical evidence confirmed Mr Rebbeck had died from multiple injuries, including injury to the head.

Gloucestershire Coroner Katy Skerrett said his death was the result of a “bad decision”.

Ms Skerrett concluded: “Alcohol was a contributing factor, and so was tiredness. We have heard a brief mention of speed but I don't place much emphasis on that.

“It was a bad decision, and there are many contributing factors. It was a tragic accident with a tragic conclusion.”

Mr Rebbeck, a business student, leaves behind his parents, Carl and Margaret, and three older siblings.

Mrs Rebbeck, in her statement read by the coroner, described her son as “loving” with a “lovely quick witted sense of humour.”

She added he was doing well in his studies at Solent.

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9:59am Mon 25 Aug 14

riverbanks says...

Where the comments gone
Where the comments gone riverbanks
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10:29am Mon 25 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

How tragic, such a waste of a young life.

Whilst I despise drink driving, alcohol clouds your thoughts and you do things you later regret. Sadly, on this occasion, he is unable to regret.

RIP and my thoughts to your family and friends. xxx
How tragic, such a waste of a young life. Whilst I despise drink driving, alcohol clouds your thoughts and you do things you later regret. Sadly, on this occasion, he is unable to regret. RIP and my thoughts to your family and friends. xxx IronLady2010
  • Score: 2

11:30am Mon 25 Aug 14

sparkster says...

A very tragic end to a young life, my thoughts are with the family and friends. RIP Jake. Whilst I dont agree with drinking and driving family and friends may well read these comments so I feel some compassion is in order
A very tragic end to a young life, my thoughts are with the family and friends. RIP Jake. Whilst I dont agree with drinking and driving family and friends may well read these comments so I feel some compassion is in order sparkster
  • Score: 3

12:17pm Mon 25 Aug 14

userds5050 says...

riverbanks wrote:
Where the comments gone
They're still there on the original story. The DE felt allowing comments on one article about this tragic event wasn't enough, so have started another identical one today.
[quote][p][bold]riverbanks[/bold] wrote: Where the comments gone[/p][/quote]They're still there on the original story. The DE felt allowing comments on one article about this tragic event wasn't enough, so have started another identical one today. userds5050
  • Score: 8

12:50pm Mon 25 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

userds5050 wrote:
riverbanks wrote:
Where the comments gone
They're still there on the original story. The DE felt allowing comments on one article about this tragic event wasn't enough, so have started another identical one today.
This happens each Monday, they repeat everything that happens over the weekend. Which, to be fair is an insult to the tragic loss of this young man.
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]riverbanks[/bold] wrote: Where the comments gone[/p][/quote]They're still there on the original story. The DE felt allowing comments on one article about this tragic event wasn't enough, so have started another identical one today.[/p][/quote]This happens each Monday, they repeat everything that happens over the weekend. Which, to be fair is an insult to the tragic loss of this young man. IronLady2010
  • Score: 5

1:25pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Reality-man says...

No sympathy for drink drivers, at least his irresponsible actions didn't harm anyone else
No sympathy for drink drivers, at least his irresponsible actions didn't harm anyone else Reality-man
  • Score: 4

2:09pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Zexagon says...

Reality-man wrote:
No sympathy for drink drivers, at least his irresponsible actions didn't harm anyone else
Perhaps you could give his parents a call and tell them how you feel
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: No sympathy for drink drivers, at least his irresponsible actions didn't harm anyone else[/p][/quote]Perhaps you could give his parents a call and tell them how you feel Zexagon
  • Score: 0

2:34pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Hdg end mo says...

What a waste of life sincere condolences to this young man's family may he rip
What a waste of life sincere condolences to this young man's family may he rip Hdg end mo
  • Score: 1

3:51pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Reality-man says...

Zexagon wrote:
Reality-man wrote:
No sympathy for drink drivers, at least his irresponsible actions didn't harm anyone else
Perhaps you could give his parents a call and tell them how you feel
I'd welcome the opportunity Zexagon. I could tell them all about my grandad who was run over by a drink driver of similar age to their son. My grandad suffered breaks to both legs, arms and several other bones. He spent 6 months in hospital in pain, but battled hard to try and get his life back. A once proud man who suffered the indignity of soiling himself and waiting for nurses to come and clean him up. His mind was never the same after the accident however he nearly got to the stage where he would be allowed home only to suffer a heart attack and die in the hospital bed where he spent the last 6 months of his life. And what did the lad get who did it? A £200 fine and a 2 year ban. Maybe now you understand why I'm not sympathetic?
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: No sympathy for drink drivers, at least his irresponsible actions didn't harm anyone else[/p][/quote]Perhaps you could give his parents a call and tell them how you feel[/p][/quote]I'd welcome the opportunity Zexagon. I could tell them all about my grandad who was run over by a drink driver of similar age to their son. My grandad suffered breaks to both legs, arms and several other bones. He spent 6 months in hospital in pain, but battled hard to try and get his life back. A once proud man who suffered the indignity of soiling himself and waiting for nurses to come and clean him up. His mind was never the same after the accident however he nearly got to the stage where he would be allowed home only to suffer a heart attack and die in the hospital bed where he spent the last 6 months of his life. And what did the lad get who did it? A £200 fine and a 2 year ban. Maybe now you understand why I'm not sympathetic? Reality-man
  • Score: 11

4:12pm Mon 25 Aug 14

jonone says...

Reality-man wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
Reality-man wrote:
No sympathy for drink drivers, at least his irresponsible actions didn't harm anyone else
Perhaps you could give his parents a call and tell them how you feel
I'd welcome the opportunity Zexagon. I could tell them all about my grandad who was run over by a drink driver of similar age to their son. My grandad suffered breaks to both legs, arms and several other bones. He spent 6 months in hospital in pain, but battled hard to try and get his life back. A once proud man who suffered the indignity of soiling himself and waiting for nurses to come and clean him up. His mind was never the same after the accident however he nearly got to the stage where he would be allowed home only to suffer a heart attack and die in the hospital bed where he spent the last 6 months of his life. And what did the lad get who did it? A £200 fine and a 2 year ban. Maybe now you understand why I'm not sympathetic?
I think that is Zexagon well and truly owned...
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: No sympathy for drink drivers, at least his irresponsible actions didn't harm anyone else[/p][/quote]Perhaps you could give his parents a call and tell them how you feel[/p][/quote]I'd welcome the opportunity Zexagon. I could tell them all about my grandad who was run over by a drink driver of similar age to their son. My grandad suffered breaks to both legs, arms and several other bones. He spent 6 months in hospital in pain, but battled hard to try and get his life back. A once proud man who suffered the indignity of soiling himself and waiting for nurses to come and clean him up. His mind was never the same after the accident however he nearly got to the stage where he would be allowed home only to suffer a heart attack and die in the hospital bed where he spent the last 6 months of his life. And what did the lad get who did it? A £200 fine and a 2 year ban. Maybe now you understand why I'm not sympathetic?[/p][/quote]I think that is Zexagon well and truly owned... jonone
  • Score: 5

11:08am Tue 26 Aug 14

From the sidelines says...

Zexagon wrote:
Reality-man wrote:
No sympathy for drink drivers, at least his irresponsible actions didn't harm anyone else
Perhaps you could give his parents a call and tell them how you feel
I know someone whose son died in similar circumstances (though he was multiply banned and well-known to the rozzers).

Her view - 'at least he didn't take anyone else with him'.
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: No sympathy for drink drivers, at least his irresponsible actions didn't harm anyone else[/p][/quote]Perhaps you could give his parents a call and tell them how you feel[/p][/quote]I know someone whose son died in similar circumstances (though he was multiply banned and well-known to the rozzers). Her view - 'at least he didn't take anyone else with him'. From the sidelines
  • Score: 4

5:19pm Fri 12 Sep 14

Louise89x says...

Jake was the most amazing person, screw all you that feel you have to post negative comments! Jake is not hear for you to punish him so all you are doing is punishing his family and friends. Is this there fault!? No! They are left utterly devastated! They don't need to read your horrid comments.

RIP Jake - we miss you! Xx
Jake was the most amazing person, screw all you that feel you have to post negative comments! Jake is not hear for you to punish him so all you are doing is punishing his family and friends. Is this there fault!? No! They are left utterly devastated! They don't need to read your horrid comments. RIP Jake - we miss you! Xx Louise89x
  • Score: 0

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