Pa­trik could make your day with his smile, says col­league

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CAR­ING Pa­trik was ‘work­ing around the clock’ to buy his own house when he lost his life.

The 21-year-old, pic­tured, was very close to one of his col­leagues, Con­nie Fitzpatrick. Con­nie’s own son, Luke, was mur­dered in Neas­den two year and Pa­trik had b there for her.

They both worked at Pa­trik’s fa­ther’s waste man­age­ment company, Gow­ing and Pursey.

Ms Fitzpatrick said: “He was putting in all the shifts that he could he was work­ing rou the clock so he could a house one day. very sen­si­ble for a boy of his age.”

She said: “He would smile and it would make your day, he was to­tally in­of­fen­sive.

“When felt down, he would walk in and would feel bet­ter. Some peo­ple can­not be both­ered to talk but he had time for any­body and every­body.

“Even be­fore lost my son, we got on re­ally well, we were great

IIIfriends. He was very sweet. He could read from my face what was think­ing and that is un­usual for a boy of that age.”

Pa­trik bought flow­ers for Ms Fitzpatrick for Mother’s Day in

March when they went for a

II­said: “They were uti­ful. He was ways a support to e.” The ac­counts erk at Gow­ing nd Pursey said: Things will never the same, he had e most beau­ti­ful e and he would in and brighten y. be sorely missed by ev­ery­one and we will never for­get him.”

Ms Fitzpatrick was in a restau­rant hav­ing a meal when she heard about Pa­trik’s car crash on Fri­day, May 23.

She said: “will never get over the crash. The day it hap­pened was close to the day my own son, Luke, died. Their an­niver­saries are at a sim­i­lar time.”

In the last three years there have been 4,749 ca­su­al­ties as a re­sult of crashes in Bucks - 68 deaths, 607 se­ri­ously in­jured and 4,074 slight in­juries

73% were oc­cu­pants of cars, minibuses or light vans (goods ve­hi­cles weigh­ing less than 3.5 tons), where the use of seat­belts is com­pul­sory

In a crash you’re twice as likely to die if you don’t wear a seat­belt

There were 1,169 crashes in Bucks in 2012 re­sult­ing in 21 deaths, 197 se­ri­ous in­juries and 1395 slight in­juries Thames Val­ley Po­lice hands out £100 fines for fail­ing to wear a seat­belt. The max­i­mum penalty at court is £500

In Buck­ing­hamshire young driv­ers ac­count for 27 per cent of killed and se­ri­ously in­jured ca­su­al­ties, mo­tor­cy­clists 22 per cent, business driv­ers 22 per cent and older road users 17 per cent

Be­tween 1999 and 2010, 46 peo­ple died on the roads in the Chiltern lo­cal au­thor­ity and 91 peo­ple died within the South Bucks area

Driv­ers and pas­sen­gers aged 1734 have the low­est seat­belt-wear­ing rates com­bined with the high­est ac­ci­dent rate

Stud­ies show peo­ple are less likely to use seat­belts on short or fa­mil­iar jour­neys

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