I distinctly remember the moments leading up to my friend’s car crash. I remember thinking “we’re going too fast and having too much fun”. I checked the speedometer and the road ahead and judged that we were OK. However, my friend took the turn-off too late and we crashed into a sign.
The car was totalled but luckily, we were both fine. The strong parallel I can draw between that crash and the crash in which Kyle Careford and Michael Owen died is that in both instances the car’s occupants were having too much fun – and the car was simply travelling too fast.
Careford, 20, was behind the wheel with Owen, 21, in the passenger seat when he crashed his red Renault Clio. The incident happened in the early hours of 12th April in Crowborough. The car hit the wall of a church and overturned, killing both occupants instantly. Although stricken with grief, the boy’s families have decided to release the video documenting the moments before their death.
The families want the video to be shared in order to spread the message that driving fast is fatal. Careford’s brother, Zac Hemming, explained why they had decided to release the footage.
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.
You may find the video distressing.
It may be fun to drive fast but a life can be taken in an instant. Now both families have to live not only with the grief of their tragic loss but also the guilt of knowing that their son, brother or grandson played a part in the death of another person.