VIDEO: Family Releases Video Of Their Son’s Last Moments Speeding With A Friend
By Lee Moràn // October 12, 2015
Family Hopes Video Serves As A Lesson To Others
ABOVE VIDEO: Shocking footage showing two young men speeding to their deaths has been released by their families. (Sussex Police Video)
(Written by Lee Moràn) Shocking footage showing two young men speeding to their deaths has been released by their families.
Young dad Michael Owen’s last words were “you’re doing 90 boy, slow down” seconds before his unlicensed driver pal lost control and ploughed into a church wall, killing them both instantly.
The 21-year-old captured the terrifying ride where driver Kyle Careford, 20, sped through the countryside at up to 90mph in Michael’s red Renault Clio before they died.
Sussex Police released the dramatic video of the pair today.
The pair were high on a cocktail of drugs, egging each other on before the recording cuts out when they crashed.
The next sound heard is the emergency services as they checked to see if either of the lads were alive while the car lay among rubble in Crowborough, East Sussex.
The men, from nearby Tunbridge Wells in Kent, had taken prescription and illegal drugs before they got in Michael’s car and performed “doughnuts” and sped through the streets.
Kyle was driving but did not have a licence.
The pair were killed instantly when they crashed, leaving Michael’s five-year-old daughter Lily-Rose Iris Owen without a dad.
The video shows them rapping and laughing as Michael appeared to give his friend a driving lesson and filmed the speedometer hit 90mph.
Moments later Michael says, “You’re doing 90 boy, slow down”, before the camera cuts out in the early hours of April 12.
After a pause, first responders are heard saying “can you hear me” but get no answer.
The inquest into their deaths on Tuesday last week heard how Kyle’s driving was impaired through intoxication when he crashed into St Michael’s Parish Church while speeding.
The coroner recorded a verdict for both men of death by road traffic collision.
And he played the footage which was found on the phone laying underneath a tree near the scene of their deaths.
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.”
Kyle’s brother Zac Hemming added: “This footage or anything of its kind should never be recorded, let alone watched.
“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.
“May we now please let the boys rest in peace?”
Lauren Humble, Michael’s ex-partner, said that Lily-Rose will have to “live with the impact of this horrific situation forever”.
She added: “This video was absolutely heart-breaking to watch but it did give us all of the answers that were needed.
“The Michael we saw on that video was not the Michael that we knew who was a loving, caring responsible daddy.”
Written by Lee Moràn