The death of a North Yorkshire man in a car crash more than a decade after he survived a notorious knife attack as a teenager was “tragically ironic”, an inquest heard.

Ashley Murray, 27, was more than twice the drink-drive limit when he lost control of his Porsche Boxster and hit a tree in July, the hearing at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court was told yesterday.

In 1999, when he was 13 years old, Mr Murray was subjected to an horrific attack and left for dead by two other teenagers after they had watched the horror film Scream.

The attackers, who were 14 and 15, took Mr Murray to an isolated nature reserve near Harrogate and stabbed him a number of times with a knife and screwdriver before leaving him wrapped in a bin bag.

He was found seriously injured almost two days later and spent nine months in hospital, making an amazing recovery but remaining paralysed on one side.

Traffic Constable Graham McCulloch told the inquest: “I recalled what happened to Ashley in 1999. It seems tragically ironic that, following such an incident and his recovery, he should lose his life in such a manner.”

Mr Murray, of West Park, Harrogate, was believed to have drunk around ten pints of lager during the afternoon of July 14 before driving to a nearby party, the inquest heard.

He had more to drink and drove back to his home at around 10pm, where he left his car and went to a bar in Harrogate. A short time later, Mr Murray retrieved his car and drove towards Leeds on the A61.

At Almsford Bank, Mr Murray overtook a Citroen Picasso driven by Karen Browning, despite double white lines and chevrons in the centre of the road.

Ms Browning told the inquest the silver Porsche missed her car by an inch as it overtook her before striking the kerb and losing control as it approached a right-hand bend.

She watched as the Porsche span round, mounted the grass verge and hit a tree before flipping over and landing on its roof.

The car hit the tree on the driver’s side, causing Mr Murray to suffer a massive head injury. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was found to be nearly two-and-half times the legal drink-drive limit, with a blood alcohol reading of 193mg per 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 80mg. Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Rob Turnbull said: “I can only put it down to the fact his ability to drive a fast vehicle was impaired.”