CRASH SUR­VIVOR BACKS CAM­PAIGN

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To­day we draw our Buckle Up! cam­paign to a close after five weeks of re­mark­able support from read­ers, emer­gency ser­vice work­ers, car crash sur­vivors and com­mu­nity lead­ers. In our fi­nal week of the cam­paign LAURA

MOWAT tells the re­mark­able story of hor­ror crash sur­vivor Rory Scar­lett and chats to Jack Biel, whose son, Pa­trik died in a car crash in Amer­sham in May, in­spir­ing this aware­ness cam­paign

AMAN who spent two months in a coma and had to learn to again after a se­ri­ous crash has called for peo­ple to buckle up when they get in the car. Rory Scar­lett, a for­mer Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar School pupil, said that he would ‘def­i­nitely’ support our #Buck­leup cam­paign, urg­ing ev­ery­one to put on their seat­belt.

Mr Scar­lett, 21, suf­fered brain and leg in­juries in a car crash in Fe­bru­ary 2012 when the car he was in struck a tree in Long­bot­tom Lane, Seer Green.

The crash killed another pas­sen­ger, fel­low Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar School pupil Hus­sein Shamshudin, 17, from Che­sham.

Mr Scar­lett said: “I am def­i­nitely more care­ful with­out a doubt after the crash.

“I al­ways wear my seat­belt and if I am in a car and the driver is mess­ing around, I will tell them that I don’t feel com­fort­able. There are ben­e­fits of wear­ing a seat­belt and they are much more im­por­tant than it not be­ing seen as cool. It is stupid not to wear one.

“I do think that most peo­ple do wear a seat­belt, some­times when peo­ple have been drink­ing, they don’t care about wear­ing one. But there can be other ram­i­fi­ca­tions – there can be le­gal con­se­quences for not wear­ing one. Peo­ple should just make sure that they wear one.”

Mr Scar­lett took a year to re­cover from the crash and he re­turned to school in Jan­uary 2013, com­plet­ing his A-lev­els in the sum­mer of this year.

Mr Scar­lett said: “It is so much more than just your­self who is af­fected when there is a crash, it is the fam­i­lies too.

“There is so much more pain than phys­i­cal pain, there is emo­tional pain. There is a lot of stress for fam­i­lies – my mum had to come to hos­pi­tal ev­ery day.

“With­out a doubt, my life would be very dif­fer­ent if it wasn’t for my crash. I would be at univer­sity in­stead of study­ing for a BTEC, it would be a whole dif­fer­ent thing.”

The 21-year-old does not know if he will ever be able to walk prop­erly again.

Mr Scar­lett’s mes­sage to urge peo­ple to wear seat­belts is: “Just do it, the ef­fort re­quired is min­i­mal and the ben­e­fit that it could have to your life is mon­u­men­tal.”

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