First Dates star’s ex deliberately killed daughter by driving into lorry on Father’s Day

Ashley Henry with daughter Oria and ex-partner Rachael

A father left a note on his computer explaining his intentions to end both his and his daughter’s lives on Father’s Day last year, an inquest heard. Oria Henry, 2, had spent the weekend in Skegness with her father and was last seen alive at 10.48am on June 18, 2023. An inquest, held at Grimsby Town Hall on April 10, 2024, heard how Oria’s father, Ashley, was driving them back to Leicestershire when he pulled out of a carriageway and drove directly into the path of an oncoming HGV. A pathologist identified a number of features to evidence that it was probable Oria was not alive at the time of the collision and it has not been possible to determine exactly how she died. However, the coroner’s report says that her death was likely the result of an unlawful act which was carried out at some point before the road traffic collision. The inquest heard how Oria’s father Ashley was estranged from his partner and had access to her at weekends. -Credit:Lincolnshire Live / MEN Media

The former partner of a First Dates star suffocated their two year old daughter before deliberately driving into the path of an oncoming lorry, an inquest heard

Ashley Henry, 35, was returning to Leicestershire from a holiday in Skegness with his daughter Oria when he veered off the carriageway and collided with a heavy goods vehicle on the A153 between Ruskington and Anwick.

The collision, which occurred on June 18 last year, claimed the lives of both father and daughter at the scene. During the inquest at Grimsby Town Hall, it emerged that it was likely Oria was already deceased before the crash. A pathologist cited several indicators supporting this but noted the exact cause of the toddler’s death could not be conclusively determined.