TWO tragic pals drowned inside a Mini after it plunged down a ditch in a horror drug-drive smash, an inquest heard.
Beth Eves was twice the drink drive limit and 15 times the legal cocaine limit when her Mini Cooper collided with a fencepost before careering through a field and tumbling into a deep ditch in Lydd, Kent with Harry Skilton, 21 and another friend inside.
Beth was described by her aunt as a “talented, beautiful young woman”[/caption]
Ryan Brett, who survived the tragedy after he booted out a back window to get to safety, revealed the horror details of the crash.
Brave Ryan told the inquest he scrambled desperately to help Google worker Beth and Harry undo their seatbelt as the motor flipped upside down and began to rapidly fill up with water.
But his efforts were in vain and he was unable to save the pair, who were pulled from the car by rescue teams on May 18.
He told the court: “It wasn’t long after we had gone off that we had the crash. We’ve hit where the fence is.
“It felt like the car flipped and we ended up upside down in the river. The water is coming in.
“I’ve ripped my seatbelt off. I’m still in the car. I tried to help Harry and Beth with their seatbelts.
“There’s quite a lot of water in the car at this point.
“I kicked my way out the window behind the door.”
The terrified lad phoned 999 for help after getting to safety.
Beth and Harry, a horticulture student, were with pals at a caravan site when they decided to go out for the drive.
I’ve ripped my seatbelt off. I’m still in the car. I tried to help Harry and Beth with their seatbelts. I kicked my way out the window behind the door.
Surviving friend Ryan Brett
The inquest at Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone also heard from forensics officer PC Waghorn.
He told the court that only the tyres, undercarriage and exhaust of the car could be seen above the water and cops struggled to establish how fast the car was going before the smash.
Assistant coroner Katrina Hepburn told the inquest: “I find the vehicle went down the ditch, inverted upside down and came to rest in the water.
“This resulted in three occupants inside the vehicle in the water and trying to get out.
“Mr Brett was able to get free from the back of the car.
“His evidence was he was able to kick one of the windows out and extract himself from the vehicle.
“He attempted to try and assist his two friends but was unable to get them out.”
A moving statement from Miss Eves’ aunt, Pauline Wincott, was read to the court.
She said: “Those that were privileged to have her in their lives will understand how extremely devastating this tragedy is.
Bethany was a talented, beautiful young woman with a great future ahead of her at Google.
Aunt Pauline Wincott
“Both Beth and Harry have been taken from us far too soon.
“Bethany was a talented, beautiful young woman with a great future ahead of her at Google.
“She was creative, loved playing the piano, the guitar, writing poetry, singing at open mic nights but above all she had a heart of gold – always going out of her way to make those less fortunate than herself.
“An example of this is when she went out Christmas Eve and gave Happy Meals to everyone that was sleeping on the streets that night.
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“Bethany had an infectious personality.
“She lit up a room and touched the soul of everyone she met.
“She truly believed there was a good in everyone and that people should just be themselves. This was clearly demonstrated in the diverse range of people that she had in her life.”
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