Ryan's Story

One evening Ryan, 19, and two mates went out for a quiet drink with friends; the driver Ben had not had any alcohol, or taken drugs, and they were not speeding when they drove home. Ben was within the 60mph speed limit on a dry clear road at night. He and his front seat passenger, Jamie, died not because of anything other than a moment’s distraction when Ryan, who was sat in the rear of the car, leant forward to adjust the CD player or get a cigarette - he cannot remember which.

Ryan remembers waking up in the remains of the car and could get no response from his mates. There was nothing he could do except think about how it had all happened because he had unintentionally distracted his friend for just a moment.

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