Disturbing Video Of Fatal Crash Released By Victims' Families

By Zachary Siegel 10/13/15

Kyle Careford and Michael Owen were speeding in excess of 90 mph while on drugs.

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To discourage reckless driving, the families of two young men who died while speeding on a pharmaceutical cocktail released a disturbing video of a fatal crash filmed from the perspective of the shotgun passenger.

The two young men, Kyle Careford, 20, and Michael Owen, 21, were whipping down dark country roads in the United Kingdom at speeds in excess of 90 mph when they crashed into a stone church wall. Right before the collision, you can see the filming passenger jolt, telling the driver to slow down.

The recording ends with a witness asking if anyone inside the car is alive. Both young men were declared dead at the scene, according to a spokesman for the Sussex Police. The car was so mangled, "We had to use cutting gear to get them out but they were already dead," said the spokesman.

While some may find the release of the footage disturbing or gratuitous, the families publicly justified the release of the footage:

“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."

The rationale concludes, “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.”

Full video below (Warning: Some viewers might find the video distressing.)

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Zachary Siegel is a freelance journalist specializing in science, health and drug policy. His reporting has also appeared in Slate, The Daily Beast, Salon, Huffington Post, among others. He writes often about addiction, sometimes drawing from his own experience. You can find out more about Zachary on Linkedin or follow him on Twitter.

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