Family releases horrific death video of young men speeding while on drugs

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Family releases horrific death video of young men speeding while on drugs

The family to two young men, who were killed when their speeding car crashed into a church wall, have released the chilling footage of the duo’s final moments.

Driver Kyle Careford (20) and his friend Michael Owen (21) were roaring down back roads at speeds of up to 90-mph (144kph) in a Renault Clio, having previously taken a cocktail of prescription and illegal drugs.  

In the harrowing footage the passenger, Michael, can be heard shouting "slow down Bruv, we are doing 90", moments before the camera goes dark and all that can be heard are the chilling sounds of the car crashing. 

Michael Owen

Both men, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, UK, were declared dead at the scene.

The video, retrieved from Michael's phone and found under a tree at the crash scene the following morning, was shown at the inquest into their deaths in Hastings last week.

Kyle did not have a licence and was uninsured to drive the car, owned by Michael.

Kyle Careford

Their families have now released the heartbreaking footage as a warning to other young drivers.

Speaking after the inquest, Michael's mother Kat said: "We bring our children up teaching them right from wrong. We guide them and give them our advice and hope they listen, but once they are adults we hope they make the right choices.

"I really don't know why the boys chose to do what they did, but I blame them both for the decisions they made on this night.

"If all this stops one person from making the same mistake, then some good has come from showing this video. I'm hoping it will have an impact on young people and make them see that a bit of fun can have such devastating consequences.

"I would like all the young people out there to take notice and realise that you are not invincible and take seriously how precious your lives are to yourselves and others. I want young drivers to consider how much devastation it causes to the families and loved ones that are left behind.

"Watching the video was very upsetting, but I'm hoping it can be used in a positive way, by showing young people what could happen to them."

Kyle’s brother Zac Hemming wrote:

“However, despite the pain of it being broadcast by the media, we as a family just hope and pray that this will connect with at least one person out there, young or old, so that no-one ever has to experience the unthinkable pain of losing someone so close and dearly loved.

A spokesman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service added: "We attended the scene and the car was on its roof. There were two young males trapped inside who were declared dead at the scene.

"We had to use cutting gear to get them out but they were already dead."