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Family release horrific video of pair speeding to their death

The family of two young men have released footage of the last moments of two young men's lives as they sped to their deaths in Sussex last year.

Driver Kyle Careford, 20, and his friend Michael Owen, 21, died instantly when the red Renault Clio they were driving crashed into a church wall and overturned in Crowborough in the early hours of April 12.

Footage the men took themselves shows them speeding up to 90mph through the Sussex countryside.

Kyle Careford was doing 90mph before he crashed Credit: Sussex Police
Michael Owen was a passenger in the car Credit: Sussex Police

The following footage has been released with support of the dead men's families but some people may find the images distressing.

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.

– Zac Hemming, Kyle's brother

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.

The men, from Royal Tunbridge Wells, had taken a cocktail of prescribed and illegal drugs.

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

The video shows the pair laughing, chatting and singing as Michael appears to be giving Kyle a driving lesson as they pass through Rotherfield.

Both men, who had been wearing seat belts, died instantly.

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

The footage shows the pair speeding up to 90mph before the crash Credit: Sussex Police

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.

– Michael's mother, Kat