As Metro reports, the footage captures the moments right before a car crash that killed two young men as they sped recklessly through the roads of East Sussex, England. Twenty-year-old Kyle Careford drove as his friend, 21-year-old Michael Owen, filmed the moment on his cell phone.
— KENT (@DailyKENT) April 16, 2015
You can hear them mention that they were going 90 mph before the screen goes black as the car collides with a church wall. A woman can be heard telling the boys that an ambulance is coming, but emergency crews would find that Kyle and Michael had been killed on impact.
Both Kyle and Michael were wearing seat belts at the the time of the crash, but both had also ingested illegal and prescription drugs. Kyle was not licensed or insured to drive Michael’s car. The speed limit in the area where they crashed was 30 mph.
— Kent News (@news_in_kent) August 24, 2015
The crash happened in April of this year, and the footage has now been released with the permission and support of Kyle’s and Michael’s families. They are under no illusions that the terrible accident was the result of some very bad 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,” said Michael’s mother, Kat.
So why make the video public? Because they want to save lives.
“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,” said Kat.
As shocking and tragic as it is to watch two young lives end in an instant, Kat says that she hopes the video will provoke others to think about the consequences of reckless driving.
“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,” she said.
By sharing their loved ones’ last moments, the families are making an incredible sacrifice— sharing their own pain in the effort to spare others the same sadness. In the process, they’ve also found a way create something good out of a personal tragedy.
R.I.P KYLE CAREFORD & MICHAEL OWEN. pic.twitter.com/eCx6gnYeST
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It’s a message that is already resonating with those who have seen the video. Mo Stack, the musician whose song can be heard in the background, recently took to Twitter to urge his fans to drive safely.
“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,” Kat concluded.
Warning: Extremely disturbing video below.