This terrifying video shows the final drive and last moments of Kyle Careford, 20, and passenger Michael Owen, 21, right before they crash a Renault Clio and perish in the impact. Both had taken an assortment of drugs before going for a joyride, speeding through residential streets and country roads, hitting speeds of 90 MPH. Even before the fatal crash, you can hear Michael telling Kyle to slow down, but he never does. After the accident, the phone is still recording and you can hear onlookers approach the crash wondering aloud if anyone is still alive.
This chilling footage was released from the Sussex Police department at the request of the victims’ families. Michael’s mother released this statement:
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 realize 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.
As horrifying as this video can be, it’s important to the parents of these people that everyone learn from their mistakes, so please pass this along to any young drivers!