Friends have paid tribute to a ‘much loved and popular’ Oxford United fan who lost control of his car while almost three times the drink drive limit.
Lewis Mangan, 20, from Letcombe Regis, died at the scene after his silver Renault Clio hit a tree near Wantage shortly after midnight on September 30.
More than 30 friends and family members, including his mum, dad, two brothers and sister, attended an inquest into his death at Oxford Coroner’s Court on March 9.
In a statement read to the court, eyewitness Sarah Hinds said the car ‘sounded like it was going really fast’ before it ‘flipped two or three times’ after coming over the A417 Challow Road Bridge towards Faringdon.
The Challow resident added: “I could hear the brakes screeching. It was on the wrong side of the road. Before catching the verge the car was wobbling, like he was trying to get control of it.”
Ms Hinds called 999 while neighbours and railway workers tried to help Lewis.
PC Thomas Coyne, the first police officer on the scene, tried to find a pulse before paramedics arrived to start CPR.
The court heard Lewis would have died instantly after suffering a severe traumatic head injury.
Forensic collision investigator Kevin Spiller told the court the car veered into a ditch and hit a tree before ricocheting back towards the verge. He said the car’s speedometer was rested on 47mph but there was no way of knowing how fast Lewis was driving.
A toxicology report showed Lewis had 219mg of alcohol per litre of blood in his system, 2.7 times over the 80mg drink drive limit.
The former pupil at King Alfred’s Academy in Wantage was a retirement home chef and lifelong Oxford United fan.
Oxford coroner Darren Salter said: “Clearly he was a very much loved and popular young man, as evident by the attendance here today.”
He gave a verdict of death by road traffic collision.
One of Lewis’ best friends, Joe Sellwood, 21, from Didcot, said the group of friends attended the inquest to support each other and Lewis’ family.
He said: “His name will forever go on in our hearts – whether that be through football or going out with mates.”
He added: “He was a really lovely geezer and was always there for you. If he had £10 left, he would split it in half with you.
“He was someone who was very easy to get along with. He was a loving friend and very laid back.”