Southampton Solent University student was over the drink drive limit when he died in crash on way home

Young driver who died after his 21st birthday party was over drink drive limit

Young driver who died after his 21st birthday party was over drink drive limit

First published in News

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.

Comments (13)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:17pm Sun 24 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: 41

4:15pm Sun 24 Aug 14

normal1965 says...

good thing he didnt kill someone else
good thing he didnt kill someone else normal1965
  • Score: 16

4:41pm Sun 24 Aug 14

sparkster says...

No he didnt kill anyone else, nevertheless it is very sad and my thoughts are with his family and friends, such a tragic young age. RIP Jake
No he didnt kill anyone else, nevertheless it is very sad and my thoughts are with his family and friends, such a tragic young age. RIP Jake sparkster
  • Score: 6

5:39pm Sun 24 Aug 14

riverbanks says...

No sympathy for drink drivers. Imagine he hit a car and killed a family with kids.
No sympathy for drink drivers. Imagine he hit a car and killed a family with kids. riverbanks
  • Score: 21

5:44pm Sun 24 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

riverbanks wrote:
No sympathy for drink drivers. Imagine he hit a car and killed a family with kids.
The issue is, alcohol is legal and puts you into situations you wouldn't do when you were sober.

There is no excuse for what happened, but it's obvious alcohol played a part.
[quote][p][bold]riverbanks[/bold] wrote: No sympathy for drink drivers. Imagine he hit a car and killed a family with kids.[/p][/quote]The issue is, alcohol is legal and puts you into situations you wouldn't do when you were sober. There is no excuse for what happened, but it's obvious alcohol played a part. IronLady2010
  • Score: -2

5:45pm Sun 24 Aug 14

eurogordi says...

Rest in Peace Jake and my deepest sympathies to your family. It is not the drink driving that killed you, but the easy availability of alcohol in the UK. People will disagree with me, but ultimately that is the cause of this tragic loss.
Rest in Peace Jake and my deepest sympathies to your family. It is not the drink driving that killed you, but the easy availability of alcohol in the UK. People will disagree with me, but ultimately that is the cause of this tragic loss. eurogordi
  • Score: -34

5:54pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Huey says...

eurogordi wrote:
Rest in Peace Jake and my deepest sympathies to your family. It is not the drink driving that killed you, but the easy availability of alcohol in the UK. People will disagree with me, but ultimately that is the cause of this tragic loss.
Poppycock
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Rest in Peace Jake and my deepest sympathies to your family. It is not the drink driving that killed you, but the easy availability of alcohol in the UK. People will disagree with me, but ultimately that is the cause of this tragic loss.[/p][/quote]Poppycock Huey
  • Score: 19

6:09pm Sun 24 Aug 14

forest hump says...

Huey wrote:
eurogordi wrote:
Rest in Peace Jake and my deepest sympathies to your family. It is not the drink driving that killed you, but the easy availability of alcohol in the UK. People will disagree with me, but ultimately that is the cause of this tragic loss.
Poppycock
Agree. This is a tragic incident. However, alcohol has been around and will continue to be around for many, many years. Every individual has a personal responsibility to manage their own behaviour. Managing the world using the precautionary principle is both very dangerous and very expensive.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Rest in Peace Jake and my deepest sympathies to your family. It is not the drink driving that killed you, but the easy availability of alcohol in the UK. People will disagree with me, but ultimately that is the cause of this tragic loss.[/p][/quote]Poppycock[/p][/quote]Agree. This is a tragic incident. However, alcohol has been around and will continue to be around for many, many years. Every individual has a personal responsibility to manage their own behaviour. Managing the world using the precautionary principle is both very dangerous and very expensive. forest hump
  • Score: 16

6:56pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
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
Good and thoughtful comment.

Young lad made a big mistake broke the law, and ended up paying very heavy price with his life.

His parents and family members will suffer from their loss for ever. They deserve some consideration, which is missing from some other comments.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: 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[/p][/quote]Good and thoughtful comment. Young lad made a big mistake broke the law, and ended up paying very heavy price with his life. His parents and family members will suffer from their loss for ever. They deserve some consideration, which is missing from some other comments. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 12

7:16pm Sun 24 Aug 14

riverbanks says...

eurogordi wrote:
Rest in Peace Jake and my deepest sympathies to your family. It is not the drink driving that killed you, but the easy availability of alcohol in the UK. People will disagree with me, but ultimately that is the cause of this tragic loss.
What a load of ****, hes dead because he got behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.
What are you suggesting alcohol is banned? Its common knowledge not to drink and drive, there are warnings everywhere. Ignorant individuals like this are fully responsible for their own actions, if you can't handle it don't drink - or KNOW YOUR LIMITS!
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Rest in Peace Jake and my deepest sympathies to your family. It is not the drink driving that killed you, but the easy availability of alcohol in the UK. People will disagree with me, but ultimately that is the cause of this tragic loss.[/p][/quote]What a load of ****, hes dead because he got behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. What are you suggesting alcohol is banned? Its common knowledge not to drink and drive, there are warnings everywhere. Ignorant individuals like this are fully responsible for their own actions, if you can't handle it don't drink - or KNOW YOUR LIMITS! riverbanks
  • Score: 11

7:19pm Sun 24 Aug 14

sparkster says...

I agree family and friends well my read these comments so some com,passion wouldnt go amiss. Yes he could have killed someone but in this case he didnt, Jake isnt here to defend his actions so lets just leave it at that. Lets think about his family who have lost him forever
I agree family and friends well my read these comments so some com,passion wouldnt go amiss. Yes he could have killed someone but in this case he didnt, Jake isnt here to defend his actions so lets just leave it at that. Lets think about his family who have lost him forever sparkster
  • Score: 10

8:22pm Sun 24 Aug 14

normal1965 says...

eurogordi wrote:
Rest in Peace Jake and my deepest sympathies to your family. It is not the drink driving that killed you, but the easy availability of alcohol in the UK. People will disagree with me, but ultimately that is the cause of this tragic loss.
what a load of tosh.
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Rest in Peace Jake and my deepest sympathies to your family. It is not the drink driving that killed you, but the easy availability of alcohol in the UK. People will disagree with me, but ultimately that is the cause of this tragic loss.[/p][/quote]what a load of tosh. normal1965
  • Score: 7

10:11pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Stubs says...

Young people with powerful cars and alcohol. Say no more.
Young people with powerful cars and alcohol. Say no more. Stubs
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree