BBC actor Reiss Jarvis killed after suffering 'unsurvivable' injuries in car crash at age of 21

The 21-year-old is said to have suffered "unsurvivable" injuries as a result of the crash in Delph, Oldham

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Actor Reiss Jarvis was tragically killed in a car crash after a speeding driver "lost control" and collided with a tree, an inquest has heard.

The 21-year-old is said to have suffered "unsurvivable" injuries as a result of the crash in Delph, Oldham.

Reiss was a front-seat passenger during the ordeal which saw the Mazda 3 he was in fly off the road and into a tree.

He was pronounced dead at the scene while driver, Karl Young, was taken to hospital where he later died.

Mr Young, 34, lost control of the vehicle while driving at an "excessive speed" on an unlit road at about 8.40pm, an inquest at Rochdale Coroner’s Court heard.

Reiss Jarvis was found dead at the scene after the high-speed crash.
Reiss Jarvis was found dead at the scene after the high-speed crash.
The young actor had been training as a barber as a 'fallback' option, according to his devastated father.
The young actor had been training as a barber as a 'fallback' option, according to his devastated father.

The pair had visited a fish shop in Marsden, West Yorkshire on November 10 of last year and had been heading back to Oldham.

Police Sergeant Neil Pennington of GMP's Serious Collision Investigation Unit told the hearing that analysis of the vehicle's airbag module showed the Mazda had been travelling at 110mph, more than double the 50mph speed limit.

The car was travelling at 58mph at the time of impact, he said.

"At the speed they were driving at, if anything did happen or a loss of control were to occur, it would be very hard for them to regain control of that vehicle," PS Pennington said.

A post-mortem examination carried out by Dr Abdul Ganjifrockwala confirmed Reiss's death was caused by "multiple fatal injuries as a result of a road traffic collision".

PS Pennington also confirmed there was nothing to suggest any other vehicles were involved with the incident.

Reiss's dad, Darryl, emotionally told the court about his son's training as a barber as a "fallback" option, while also describing him as the "life and soul of the party".

The young star had appeared in 2017 BBC drama Murdered for Being Different, a production based on the murder of Sophie Lancaster in Bacup.