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Tragic details about Harriet Shelley’s death have emerged, with an inquest hearing that the 21-year-old sister of former Union J star George Shelley was killed after stepping out from behind Stormzy’s tour bus following a gig.
Harriet was hit by a car as she tried to cross the road outside of the O2 venue in Bristol, suffering serious head injuries.
The inquest heard that Harriet, who was walking, was three times over the drink-drive limit when she stepped between a HGV and a coach carrying Stormzy’s crew and equipment.
Assistant Coroner Peter Harrowing said: “In less than a second of emerging between the two vehicles she was struck by a Volkswagen Beetle driven by Claire Webster.
“Ms Webster reacted very very quickly indeed. Even though she reacted with such speed she could do nothing to avoid the collision with Harriet.
“Ms Webster didn’t even realise she had struck someone until she looked in her rear view mirror.”
Harrowing added that the alcohol that Harriet had consumed would have “significantly impaired her judgement” when she crossed the road.
Collision investigator PC Richard Hignett said that Ms Webster would have had “0.7 of a second” to react in time to avoid hitting her, but she reacted in 0.8.
It was concluded that Somerset-born Harriet died of “severe traumatic brain injury”.
Her mother, Toni Harris, previously said that her daughter was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” and that she doesn’t blame anybody for the fatal crash.
George previously shared a photo of himself kissing Harriet on the cheek in a moving tribute on his Instagram page.
The former I’m A Celeb contestant wrote: “I will never accept that you’re gone. You will always be with me.
“My best friend, my sister, my angel. Too pure and too beautiful to walk among humans, you now exist somewhere else, and I am honoured to have had the privilege to spend 21 years with you by my side.
“Don’t get used to it up there without me, I’ll see you soon beautiful girl. I love you Harriet.”
Harriet was laid to rest on 24 May and George was a huge part of the day, penning an emotional song that he performed at her funeral – moving mourners to tears.
The inquest also heard that five people, including a baby, received organ donations from midwifery student Harriet following her death on May 6.