Former bank boss drowned in stream behind home
Susan Hewitt, 49, drowned in the swollen stream just two days before
Christmas, inquest told
18:26, 10 APR 2014Updated19:24, 10 APR 2014
The former vice president of a bank drowned in a mountain stream
after going to check the water supply behind her Snowdonia home, an
inquest heard yesterday.
The hearing was told Susan Hewitt, 49, drowned in the narrow stream,
which had become swollen after recent storms, just two days before
It’s believed she slipped because of the wet and marshy conditions
Mrs Hewitt, described as “popular and well known”, had been a
stockbroker and was a former vice president of Deutsche Bank.
The inquest heard that her home and several others received their
water supply from a stream, which entered a collection tank through
The coroner was told that sometimes the pipe became dislodged in
rough weather and Mrs Hewitt would check it up to three times a day.
Her lodger Ian McMillan, giving evidence, said that when she didn’t
return to the property he went out to look for her and spotted her
in the river.
He dragged her out and gave her CPR but could not revive her,
although she still felt warm, he said.
He told the inquest: “I can only speculate she may well have
slipped, it was very wet on the bank on either side.”
Coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones, sitting at Llangefni in Anglesey,
ruled that Mrs Hewitt died accidentally.
The tragic, romantic tale, of the ex-Deutsche Bank VP who died in
by Sarah Butcher 3 January 2014
As stormy weather batters both the UK and the US – again – today,
it’s worth remembering Susan Hewitt, the former Deutsche Bank VP who
died in the UK’s storm conditions just before Christmas.
While plenty of bankers exit the industry and do something
completely different, Hewitt seems to have done so with aplomb and
to have gone back to her roots in the process.
Having worked for in equity sales for Deutsche everywhere from
London to New York, San Francisco and Chicago in her 20s and 30s,
Hewitt married her childhood sweetheart 10 years ago and together
they retired to the Welsh mountains where they both grew up. There,
Hewitt taught yoga and worked at the Snowden Mountain Lodge, a
hostel in the heart of Snowdonia.
As exits from banking go, Hewitt’s looks idyllic. It’s not everyone
who escapes the City or Wall Street and finds simultaneous happiness
with a childhood sweetheart (the only other well-known example being
ex-Lehman CFO Erin Callan). Very sadly, however, Hewitt died aged 49
on December 22nd when she went to move a pipe that had become
dislodged by a swollen stream in an attempt to restore the water
supply to neighbouring houses. Our thoughts go to her family.
Take care in this wild weather.
10 April 2014 Last updated at 15:08 ET
Susan Hewitt drowned in Nant Ffrancon stream, Bethesda, inquest told Nant
Ffrancon in Gwynedd The incident happened at a stream near Mrs Hewitt's home on
A woman slipped and drowned in a stream after checking the water supply to her
home in heavy rain, an inquest heard.
Susan Hewitt, 49, died accidentally two days before Christmas, a coroner ruled.
Dewi Pritchard-Jones said he believed the former vice president of Deutsche
Bank, had slipped because it was wet underfoot at Nant Ffrancon in Bethesda.
The inquest at Llangefni in Anglesey heard homes received their water supply
from the nearby stream and the pipe could be dislodged in rough weather.
The hearing was told Mrs Hewitt would sometimes check the water supply up to
three times a day.
Woman found dead in Bethesda stream named as Susan Hewitt
30 December 2013 Last updated at 06:58 ET Share
A woman whose body was found in a fast-flowing stream during heavy rain in
Gwynedd two days before Christmas has been named.
Susan Hewitt, 50, is thought to have left her house in Nant Ffrancon in Bethesda
to check a water supply on 23 December, but the alarm was raised when she failed
North Wales Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.
A post mortem examination has been carried out.
Emergency services were called at 15:37 GMT on 23 December after Ms Hewitt's
partner became worried about her.
She was found in a small stream about 50m from her house and was pronounced dead
at the scene.
North West Wales coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones is expected to open an inquest in
the new year.
Susan Hewitt has over twenty-five years experience as a
developer, manager, and investor in New York City’s residential
market. Prior to founding The Cheshire Group, she oversaw the
condominium conversion of 421 Hudson Street and 305 Second Avenue
and the coop conversion of 66 Pearl Street. Her prior experience
includes the conversion of commercial buildings (including mills,
lofts, and factories) to residential and office use, as well as the
management of regulated and free market rentals in New York City and
Ms. Hewitt holds an AB in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA
from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Real Estate
Board of New York, a licensed real estate broker, a past president
of the Association of Real Estate Women, and a past Chair of Habitat
for Humanity-NYC. She is a Vestryman of Trinity Wall Street and a
former trustee of the Grace Church School and The Masters School in
Dobbs Ferry, NY.