YOUTUBER Douglas Tandoh died in a horror crash as he made his way home from a party.
The YouTube sensation, also known as DLuxx, was traveling in a friend’s Vauxhall Astra during a storm, an inquest heard today.
In October 2021, the 26-year-old was a passenger when their friend Eyram Tetteh lost control while driving through a large puddle.
The car left the A35 in Dorset and collided with a tree before flipping over.
When Eyram’s Apple watch sent an SOS signal, emergency services were notified.
He has also recorded “mumbling” after the crash, according to the SOS.
Douglas was dead in the passenger seat when crews arrived.
A post-mortem examination revealed that he died as a result of severe head injuries sustained when he collided with the dashboard.
Eyram was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.
In connection with the incident, he was later convicted of drug driving.
The hearing heard how the road where Douglas died frequently flooded.
“It was dark and the weather was horrendous,” said David Burgess, who was on his way to work at the time of the crash.
“I am aware of floods on a regular basis based on local knowledge.”
He said he saw “at least four other vehicles” waiting to be recovered in the weeks leading up to the crash.
Another witness, Samuel Truan, said he could hear someone “shouting help”.
“As we approached, large sections of the road were flooded,” he explained. To the left, I noticed some hazard lights flashing.
“I saw a car that had gone off the road and collided with a tree. It had four wheels and was heavily damaged.
“As we got closer, I dialed 999. ‘Help!’ I heard someone yell.
“The male was partially outside the window, his legs inside the car, sitting on the window trim.”
Douglas was described as an “able and talented” social media expert.
In an emotional tribute on behalf of Douglas’ family, brother Christopher said they had lost their dad before the tragedy.
He said: “He was supposed to make it to the end with us. He was supposed to be there for all the big emotional moments in our lives.
“We have just lost our dad, as well. Everyone is quite overwhelmed.”
Pathologist Dr Basil Purdue said Douglas, who had his seat belt on at the time, is likely to have struck his head on the dashboard, fracturing his skull.
He said: “I was informed that the driver was wearing an Apple watch and that was what had given the signal.
“That sent a message saying he had had a fall. The emergency services could hear him mumbling to the passenger.