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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 Christmas.

It’s believed she slipped because of the wet and marshy conditions underfoot.

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 a pipe.

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 the storms
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 December 23

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 to return.

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 the northeast.

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.