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SUSSEX, England – Two families in England are mourning the deaths of their sons following a fatal ‘mistake.’
Now, they’ve agreed to release footage taken seconds before the deadly accident in hopes that it could save someone else’s life.
In April, 20-year-old Kyle Careford and 21-year-old Michael Owen were killed when the car they were riding in crashed into a church wall.
Shortly after the accident, officers discovered one of the men’s cell phones under a tree, which was recording at the time of the crash.
After watching the video, the victims’ families agreed to let Sussex police release the video to the public, saying they hope the video can save lives.
“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,” Kat Owen, Michael Owen’s mother, told Kent Online. “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,” she said. “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… 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.”
Authorities say Careford did not have a driver’s license and was not insured to drive the car, which belonged to Owen.
In the video, the pair can be heard laughing, as they speed around other cars and cross over the center line at times.
Police say the car was traveling at speeds over 90 miles an hour, which was well-above the 30 mile per hour speed limit.
The pair died instantly when the car crashed into the wall.