Former Marine Killed in Motorycle Crash Remembered as 'Helpful' and 'Loving'

Patrick Lee served  in 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo courtesy Davin Lehto)
Patrick Lee served in 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo courtesy Davin Lehto)
A Long Beach man who was killed while riding his motorcycle in Newport Beach was a former U.S. Marine, who friends describe as always willing to lend a helping hand.

Patrick Lee, 25, died Aug. 22 after seven cars and his motorcycle crashed at the intersection of Bristol Street North and Campus Drive, authorities reported. Newport Beach police are still investigating how the crash happened.

"Preliminarily, it does not appear that alcohol, drugs, or excessive speed contributed to the collision," Jennifer Manzella, police spokeswoman, said.

Friends of Lee said he served two tours in Iraq and were shocked to learn of his death.

"It was an honor to serve with him and have him as a brother, that's how we addressed each other," Stanley Smalec, a friend of Lee, said. "He was that guy everyone wanted to be around and everyone loved. His death is an irreplaceable loss."

Kathy Samudio, Lee's ex-wife, said although they had recently separated they were still the best of friends.

"He was the guy that everyone ran to when they needed help, and he was always ready and available to help others," Samudio said. "It was like a high for him to make people happy and feel safe."

Friends said Lee worked several odd jobs around Orange County.

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