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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Buckle Up! by Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A FRIEND of car crash vic­tim Pa­trik Biel re­mem­bers him as some­one who ‘was al­ways smil­ing’.

Sam Har­ris went to both York House School in Crox­ley Green and Berkham­sted School with Pa­trik, who died aged 21 in a car crash in Rec­tory Hill, Amer­sham in May.

Pa­trik was not wear­ing a seat­belt at the time of the crash and, while his fam­ily do not know if he would have sur­vived had he been wear­ing one, his death prompted Bucks coro­ner Richard Hulett to im­plore other car users to al­ways wear a seat­belt.

Sam said: “He was al­ways smil­ing re­gard­less of what predica­ment he was in. He was al­ways happy to see me, al­ways happy to see his friends.”

The two boys, although had dif­fer­ent friend­ship groups, were friends through­out their school days.

Sam, 21, of Chor­ley­wood said: “I made quite a lot of stupid de­ci­sions when I was younger about who I was and Paddy never judged me.

“He would al­ways be there with a smile and he would never judge me. When other peo­ple judged me, he didn’t.

“He loved his foot­ball and once he in­vited me to watch Queens Park Rangers. I didn’t pay much at­ten­tion to the foot­ball, but I was so ex­cited to be in­vited and af­ter­wards Paddy’s dad ar­ranged for us to meet some of the team. I will al­ways re­mem­ber that.

“He has al­ways been a con­stant friend, I could not see him for a few months and we would pick up from where we left off.

“When he would see me, he was al­ways very happy and would shake my hand and we would have a good chat.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it when I first found out what had hap­pened. It was one of those mo­ments when ev­ery­thing just stops. You never ex­pect it to hap­pen to some­one that you know.

“He has never done a bad thing in his life. He was al­ways smil­ing with a big grin on his face, that is how I will re­mem­ber him.”

Sam’s mum, Jenny Har­ris, said that Pa­trik was a ‘guardian an­gel’ for Sam as he would al­ways keep an eye out for him.

Read an in­ter­view with her on www. get­bucks.co.uk

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CON­STANT FRIEND: Sam Har­ris knew Pa­trik Biel (right) for many years

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