The nephew of British actors Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis died in a automotive crash after he ‘inexplicably’ drove on the fallacious aspect of the street and shouted ‘s**t’ in a collision that broke his girlfriend’s again, an inquest has heard.
Former personal schoolboy Hugo Yaxley, the son of Homeland star Lewis’s sister Amanda Yaxley, was simply 20 years outdated when he died following the accident on the A30 by the Wiltshire village of Sutton Mandeville.
Mr Yaxley’s demise final November was the primary of a double tragedy for 50-year-old Lewis and his household, along with his spouse and Peaky Blinders actor McCrory dying from most cancers aged 52 simply 5 months later.
Earlier than McCrory’s demise final month on April 16, the actress had described Mr Yaxley as a ‘very uncommon younger man’ who had ‘knowledge far past his years’ and mentioned she was ‘so unhappy I am going to by no means see his smile once more’.
Lewis mentioned his nephew, who was a well-liked psychological well being campaigner primarily based in Bristol, was ‘inspirational’ and ‘courageous’ and ‘touched extra individuals in his quick life than most do of their longer ones’.
Hugo Yaxley along with his uncle Damien Lewis throughout the filming of TV collection Wolf Corridor in 2015, through which he performed Henry VIII
Hugo Yaxley along with his aunt Helen McCrory, star of Harry Potter and Peaky Blinders, who died final month on April 16 aged 52
Hugo Yaxley along with his girlfriend Minna Leatham, the ‘love of his life’ who was left with a damaged again after the collision
Particulars of Mr Yaxley’s demise have been revealed for the primary time at his inquest this week, which heard he was behind the wheel of a crimson Honda Jazz which smashed head-on right into a Vary Rover.
The listening to was advised he was driving his girlfriend and two of their associates on the A30 on their method to dinner when he started driving on the fallacious aspect of the street ‘for causes which can be unclear’.
His passengers advised how they did not realise he was within the fallacious lane – and it was heard that motorists tried to flash him, however after a 3rd of a mile on the 60mph single-carriageway he smashed into the oncoming automotive.
The inquest at Salisbury Coroner’s Court docket heard Mr Yaxley died at Southampton Basic Hospital within the early hours of November 17 final yr, simply hours after the crash at about 5pm on November 16.
Mr Yaxley, described as a ‘secure driver’, shouted ‘s**t’ moments earlier than the horror smash which left the ‘love of his life’ Minna Leatham with a damaged again.
On a charity web site created in Mr Yaxley’s honour, his aunt McCrory mentioned: ‘Hugo was a really uncommon younger man, an outdated soul, whose knowledge was far past his years.
Hugo Yaxley, described as a ‘secure driver’, shouted ‘s**t’ moments earlier than the horror smash on November 17 final yr
Mr Yaxley’s girlfriend, Miss Leatham, mentioned she has ‘no reminiscence of being on the fallacious aspect of the street’ following the crash
At Mr Yaxley’s inquest, his brother Tom (pictured collectively) advised how his sibling turned a psychological well being campaigner
For the reason that demise of Mr Yaxley, a biking web page has raised £16,000 for air ambulance and psychological well being charities
‘Hugo wasn’t a mean younger man. He had already been to hell and again as a young person battling with melancholy, he had conquered it, not by ridding himself of it however by refusing to permit it to cease his stride.
‘Lovely and mighty’ Harry Potter star Helen McCrory died aged 52
Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory in London in 2019
Helen McCrory was remembered by her husband Damian Lewis final month as ‘stunning and mighty’ after her demise from most cancers on the age of 52.
The actress was greatest identified for taking part in highly effective girls reminiscent of Shelby household matriarch Aunt Polly within the BBC gang drama Peaky Blinders, Narcissa Malfoy within the Harry Potter movies and the house secretary in James Bond movie Skyfall.
Lewis tweeted on April 16: ‘I am heartbroken to announce that after an heroic battle with most cancers, the attractive and mighty girl that’s Helen McCrory has died peacefully at house, surrounded by a wave of affection from family and friends.
‘She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and understand how fortunate we’re to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now Little One, into the air, and thanks.’
The actress additionally performed Cherie Blair, spouse of former prime minister Tony Blair, in each The Queen and The Particular Relationship.
She was an everyday determine in status TV dramas, together with the ITV hit Quiz, the BBC political collection Roadkill, psychological thriller MotherFatherSon and the difference of Philip Pullman’s His Darkish Supplies.
McCrory and Lewis married in 2007 and shared a daughter Manon, born in 2006, and son Gulliver, born in 2007.
They starred collectively within the 2015 comedy Invoice, about William Shakespeare, with McCrory within the function of Elizabeth I, after assembly whereas performing in 5 Gold Rings at London’s Almeida Theatre.
The pair have been additionally ambassadors for the Prince’s Belief.
McCrory will likely be greatest remembered because the Malfoy matriarch, spouse of Lucius Malfoy, mom of Draco Malfoy, in Harry Potter
McCrory’s break-out function was as Anna Karenina within the 2000 TV adaptation of the traditional novel however to a technology of viewers she will likely be greatest remembered because the Malfoy matriarch, spouse of Lucius Malfoy, mom of Draco Malfoy, in Harry Potter.
McCrory was born in Paddington, London, to a Welsh mom and Scottish-born father and was the eldest of three youngsters.
She attended faculty in Hertfordshire, then spent a yr dwelling in Italy, earlier than returning to London to review appearing on the Drama Centre. She was made an OBE within the 2017 New Yr Honours for providers to drama.
‘His smile was enormous and broad and contagious. We are going to preserve him alive in our hearts without end however I am so so unhappy l’ll by no means see it once more.’
Lewis mentioned: ‘The recurring theme speaking to individuals about Hugo, is that, for one so younger, he leaves an unbelievable legacy. He actually impressed individuals of his technology, by his personal bravery, to be extra assured and open about their psychological well being.
‘That is a unprecedented factor to have achieved by the age of 20. He is touched extra individuals in his quick life than most do of their longer ones.
‘One nice reminiscence is of our household vacation in Mallorca when Hugo perfected and demonstrated (endlessly) the artwork of ‘bombing’ within the swimming pool. Face down largely.
‘For ages afterwards, we referred to as him Bomber Yaxley. He turned many different fabulous issues as he obtained older however that fearlessness by no means left him. And he used it to assist others. Love you Hugo.’
Mr Yaxley beforehand attended Wiltshire’s famend Marlborough School, the place boarding charges price £39,930 per yr, and had goals to review artwork and pictures in Spain.
At Mr Yaxley’s inquest, his brother Tom advised how his sibling overcame melancholy and have become a fierce psychological well being campaigner.
He mentioned: ‘[Hugo was] pleasant, kindhearted and gregarious. He at all times made time for others it doesn’t matter what. He had melancholy however he was decided to not let it rule his life.
‘He had a plan to go and examine in Spain on the College of Madrid. He was considered one of life’s good eggs and his cheeky smile will likely be missed by all that knew him.’
Tom added that his youthful brother was a assured driver not identified for rushing and had plenty of expertise driving within the space.
Pc guide Kevin Spreadbury advised of the dramatic second the automobile got here at his Vary Rover head-on.
Mr Spreadbury, who was driving 47mph on the 60mph street, mentioned: ‘As I used to be approaching the bend I noticed a automotive coming in direction of me and noticed the headlights.
‘The centre traces on the street have been below the automotive, it was prefer it was slicing the bend and I assumed the motive force would appropriate it.
‘Inexplicably it fairly intentionally lower throughout my lane and it was like the motive force was shifting in direction of me. The motive force took no avoidable motion.’
Coroner David Ridley disagreed with the suggestion that Mr Yaxley ‘intentionally’ veered in direction of Mr Spreadbury’s automobile when he delivered his ruling.
Motorist Max Polinghorn, who was driving a Seat Ibiza, mentioned when Mr Yaxley pulled up at visitors lights he was on the fallacious aspect.
Mr Polinghorn repeatedly tried flashing his lights as he adopted Mr Yaxley. ‘They simply saved driving usually however on the fallacious aspect of the street’, he mentioned.
Mr Yaxley’s buddy Charles Cooke, who was sat within the again, mentioned: ‘Hugo has at all times been a secure driver, he is conscious of the freeway code and well-educated.
‘I don’t know why he was on the fallacious aspect of the street, I have been eager about it so much and suppose it was a lapse. Nobody realised we have been on the fallacious aspect of the street, we weren’t shouting about it.’
He added that he ‘remembers Hugo panicking earlier than the accident and mentioned ‘shit’ but it surely was too late.’
Mr Yaxley’s girlfriend, Miss Leatham, mentioned she has ‘no reminiscence of being on the fallacious aspect of the street’ and believes she was her cellphone.
PC Robert Eccleston, of Wiltshire Police, mentioned driving circumstances have been poor because of rain and darkness. He concluded ‘for my part the reason for the collision was driver error’.
Coroner David Ridley mentioned it was like Hugo was ‘driving on the continent’, which he had no expertise doing. He added: ‘For causes which can be unclear, he was driving on the fallacious aspect of the freeway ever since becoming a member of the street.
The listening to was advised Mr Yaxley (pictured) was driving his girlfriend and two of their associates on the A30 on their method to dinner
Mr Yaxley is alleged to have begun driving on the fallacious aspect of the street ‘for causes which can be unclear’ on the day of the crash
Mr Yaxley’s household mentioned he and McCrory will likely be ‘trying down on us all with love’ following the demise of the eager bicycle owner
‘Regardless of efforts to get his consideration, they failed and sadly then there was the collision. As a consequence Hugo sustained accidents incompatible with life and was pronounced useless within the early hours of the next morning.’
Mr Ridley added: ‘Solely Hugo can know why he was driving on the fallacious aspect of the street.’
The coroner concluded that the demise was attributable to a street visitors collision.
For the reason that demise of Mr Yaxley – an enormous biking fan – a biking web page arrange in his honour has raised £16,000 for air ambulance and psychological well being charities whereas Miss Leatham has raised over £22,000.
Mr Yaxley’s household mentioned he and McCrory will likely be ‘trying down on us all with love’.
They mentioned in a press release: ‘There is no such thing as a doubt although that Hugo will have already got proven her [McCrory] the ropes, with one of the best locations to have a drink and a cheeky rolly.
‘By God what a pair they are going to be making up there and we all know that they are going to be trying down on us all with love and nice satisfaction.’