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