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Car crash victim had 'a heart of gold'

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: July 07, 2009

  • From left, Noah Amato, Tom (TJ) Capewell and Jamie Baker

  • Noah Amato

  • Jamie Baker

  • Tom (TJ) Capewell

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THE mother of one of three youngsters killed in an horrific road accident in South Devon has paid tribute to her son, saying he had "a heart of gold".

Katy Patrick, whose 18-year-old son Jamie Baker died on Saturday along with 17-year-old Tom (TJ) Capewell and nine-year-old Noah Amato, said her son had been working as an assistant chef at the Millbrook Inn in South Pool, near Kingsbridge, but was planning to become a social worker.

The three were killed when their car veered across a busy road and ploughed into a stone wall.

Ms Patrick said: "Jamie always had a smile on his face, put everyone's needs before his own: a kind, gentle young man with a heart of gold.

"He was starting college in September to study to become a social worker, a job that he would have been amazing at.

"He never thought of his own problems; he was a credit to myself and my family. I hope his daddy was waiting for him at the gates of Heaven."

She said her heart went out to the families of Noah and TJ, adding: "I am sure they will all be together looking down on us."

The teenagers had been at the Giffstock music festival in Aveton Gifford, near Kingbridge, before the accident, which happened at 11.16pm on Saturday.

They were travelling in a black three-door Vauxhall Corsa on a hill leading down the A379 to Aveton Gifford when it left the road and careered across the two on-coming traffic lanes and into a wall on the opposite side.

In the aftermath, floral tributes were left at the scene of the crash. The Western Morning News yesterday reported how written tributes had been posted on social networking website Facebook throughout Sunday.

More tributes continued to be paid yesterday.

Sarah, from Abbotskerswell, near Newton Abbot, wrote: "Originally from East Prawle I know the family of dear, dear Noah, this is so sad, so tragic. My thoughts are with all the families and friends of the three young people taken away from them."

Brenda Hempsall, from Barnsley in Yorkshire, wrote: "TJ, you lovely sweet boy, I can't believe we won't see you again. So proud to have known you and glad that we visited this weekend. Rest well with the Angels my love. 'Auntie' Brenda".

Lindsay from Tavistock, said she was an aunt of one of the boys and wrote: "I would just like to say thank you for the mainly thoughtful comments made in support of the families of these three children. We have lost a light in our lives all three of these children had a bright future which has been suddenly taken away."

Police family liaison officers were yesterday supporting the three families.

Noah, believed to be from Hallsands, attended Stokenham Primary School while Jamie, who moved from Aveton Gifford to Kingsbridge, left Kingsbridge Community College a year ago and Tom, from Aveton Gifford, still attended the college.

The two were also volunteer youth workers at Kingsbridge Baptist Church.

Special assemblies were held at Kingsbridge Community College and friends of the teenagers have been offered professional counselling. Head teacher Roger Pope said: "What you remember most about Jamie and Tom is how gentle they were. They were really open and pleasant young men."

Jamie's friend Mark McManus, 17, said: "He was a really good friend, someone you could rely on. He was always there if you needed someone to talk to."

For more see Wednesday's Western Morning News.

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    Reg, Portugal  |  July 07 2009, 12:56PM

    Tragic. However, in my humble opinion, the police and authorities have to ask those questions like: When, Where, Why, How etc? Speed? How come the vehicle careered across etc? I believe all results from such enquiries should be published so that the public have a "level playing field" and well-informed view of the circumstances. Again, and in my opinion, Articles such as these above must have an "end" and not have readership left with a "what if" feeling. Similarly, in my opinion , if the media published accidents where possible drink and/or drugs are involved, results of such tests must also be published to give that "end" of a media story. We are all quick to jump on the "youngsters to blame bandwagon", however, if they are to blame or found culpable. we should be informed. As in the case of the 2 thug teenagers reported in this media issue. Anyone else have any thoughts on media reporting in these scenarios?

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