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Video shows Kyle Careford and Michael Owen before crashing and dying in Sussex

  • Dad-of-one Michael Owen captured Kyle Careford speeding in Sussex
  • Michael was heard saying 'you're doing 90 boy, slow down' in the footage
  • Sussex Police released the video following an inquest into the deaths 
  • The families hope it will stop others from making the same mistake  

By Katie Louise Davies For Mailonline

Published: 08:10 EST, 12 October 2015 | Updated: 08:52 EST, 12 October 2015

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A harrowing video which shows the final moments of drug-fuelled friends who were killed in a high-speed crash has been released as a warning to others. 

Father-of-one Michael Owen, 21, captured the ride where driver Kyle Careford, 20, sped through the countryside at up to 90mph in Michael's red Renault Clio before they died.

Harrowing footage shows the pair - who were high on a cocktail of drugs - egging each other on before the recording cuts out when they crashed. 

Michael's mother Kat hopes the video it will stop others from making the same mistake.

Speaking after the inquest into her son's death, she 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.

Michael Owen (pictured) is heard saying 'you're doing 90 boy, slow down' during the video clip he records 

Michael Owen (pictured) is heard saying 'you're doing 90 boy, slow down' during the video clip he records 

Kyle, who was high on a cocktail of drugs, looks at the camera while driving a red Renault Clio through the countryside in Sussex 

Kyle, who was high on a cocktail of drugs, looks at the camera while driving a red Renault Clio through the countryside in Sussex 

The recording from the car shows the speedometer hitting 90mph seconds before it crashed

The recording from the car shows the speedometer hitting 90mph seconds before it crashed

'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.'

The video shows them rapping and laughing as Michael appeared to give his friend a driving lesson and filmed the speedometer hit 90mph. 

Micahel Owen, 21, a father-of-one, captured the terrifying ride
Driver Kyle hit speeds of up to 90mph

Micahel Owen, 21, a father-of-one, (left) captured the terrifying ride where driver Kyle Careford, 20, (left) sped through the countryside at up to 90mph in Michael's red Renault Clio before they died

Michael was heard saying '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 in the early hours of April 12.

The camera then cuts out.  

Emergency services are heard later in the video as the pair are checked to see if they're alive, while the car lay among rubble in Crowborough, East Sussex.

After a pause, first responders are heard saying 'can you hear me' but get no answer. 

The pair, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, had taken proscription 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 and the pair were killed instantly when they crashed leaving Michael's five-year-old daughter Lily-Rose Iris Owen without a dad.

Driver Kyle hits speeds up to 90mph seconds before his death.  The last moments of his life are captured on a harrowing video recorded by Michael 

Driver Kyle hits speeds up to 90mph seconds before his death. The last moments of his life are captured on a harrowing video recorded by Michael 

Just moments after the footage of Kyle was taken he crashed in a church wall before he and Michael died 

Just moments after the footage of Kyle was taken he crashed in a church wall before he and Michael died 

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 played the footage which was found on the phone laying underneath a tree near the scene of their deaths.

Kyle's brother Zac Hemming added: 'This footage or anything of its kind should never be recorded, let alone watched.

The recording, which dramatically captures the last moments of the pair's lives, shows the car overtake vehicles

The recording, which dramatically captures the last moments of the pair's lives, shows the car overtake vehicles

'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.'

Flowers are placed at the the scene where the Renault Clio crashed at St Michael's Parish Church in Crowborough

Flowers are placed at the the scene where the Renault Clio crashed at St Michael's Parish Church in Crowborough

The wall near to St Michael's Parish Church was destroyed following the crash. Floral tributes are placed at the scene of the accident 

The wall near to St Michael's Parish Church was destroyed following the crash. Floral tributes are placed at the scene of the accident 

A sign outside of the church was knocked down following the impact of the smash which killed the pair from Tunbridge Wells 

A sign outside of the church was knocked down following the impact of the smash which killed the pair from Tunbridge Wells 

Sussex Police appeal for information following the crash in April. St Michael's Parish Church is pictured in the background 

Sussex Police appeal for information following the crash in April. St Michael's Parish Church is pictured in the background 

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