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Crash victim 'an awesome friend'

Flowers, notes and a baseball hat lie next to scattered debris at the scene of the crash that claimed Derrian Grove-Hicks' life.

The 19-year-old was a passenger in an SUV that police say lost control early Saturday morning, crashing into a Tim Hortons sign at 63 Avenue and 82 Street at about 1:20 a.m.

"(He was) an awesome friend to have, always there for you when you needed, made everyone around him laugh," friend Ethan Puchyr said yesterday.

The teenager died shortly after arriving at the hospital, and the driver of the vehicle was also taken to hospital with what police say are non-life-threatening injuries.

Puchyr met Grove-Hicks about seven years ago, and both attended Bev Facey Community High School together in Sherwood Park.

Grove-Hicks was working as a plumber in Fort McMurray as a second-year apprentice, said Puchyr.

"He was just on his week or so break, so he was just back home with friends and family," he said.

"He went out having a great night sitting beside his best friend."

Puchyr paid a visit to the driver of the vehicle yesterday.

"He's doing alright ... just really distraught," he said.

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