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Brother of crash video driver talks of his family's loss

The brother of a drug-driver who was filmed speeding through the countryside before crashing into a church killing both himself and his friend has spoken of his loss.

Passenger Michael Owen filmed the fatal journey as unlicenced and uninsured driver, Kyle Careford, reached speeds of up to 90 mph through the Sussex countryside.

The footage has been released by their families as a warning to others and today Kyle's brother Zac Hemming said careless driving is happening too often and hopes the video will demonstrate the impact of what happens.

The pair died instantly when their red Renault Clio crashed into a church wall and overturned in Crowborough in the early hours of April 12.

The video was retrieved from Michael's phone found under a tree at the crash scene the following morning.

An inquest into their deaths heard how the two friends, both from Royal Tunbridge Wells, had taken a cocktail of prescribed and illegal drugs that would have resulted in severe toxicity and have had a severely detrimental effect on Kyle's ability to control the car.

On the video, the pair can be seen and heard laughing, chatting and singing as Michael appears to be giving Kyle a driving lesson as they pass through Rotherfield and on in to Jarvis Brook where their journey came to a tragic end.

The car, travelling well in excess of the 30mph speed limit, careered off the B2100, smashing through a wall into the grounds of St Michael and All Saints church. Both men, who had been wearing seat belts, died instantly.

Witnesses reported seeing the car at various times in the hours leading up to the crash.

A lorry driver reported how he had been stopped by the car that had randomly stopped in the carriageway and then sped off as he tried to manoeuvre around it; a taxi driver said that he had been forced off the carriageway by a speeding red car on the wrong side of the road and a woman had witnessed the car doing 'doughnuts' in a Crowborough car park.

The coroner recorded a verdict of death by road traffic collision on both men.