Welcome to The Fatal Four: Cause and Effect.

We are pleased to be able to offer this unique resource free of charge, with the aim of reducing fatalities on our roads involving young drivers.

On this page you will find an introduction from our Chief Fire and Rescue Officer and also trailers for some of the resources you can find elsewhere on this site.


In the early hours of 22 October 2011 on the B4114 at Croft in Leicestershire, a young driver, Michael York, returning home from a night out in Leicester crashed his vehicle into a tree whilst driving at excessive speed and under the influence of drink and drugs. Alongside him in his car were three friends. Michael was thrown clear in the crash and suffered serious injuries. Two of his friends, Matthew Brown and Samuel Turner were tragically killed in the crash. In June 2012 a remorseful and tearful Michael was convicted at Leicester Crown Court for causing death by dangerous driving and was given a five year jail term. In a remarkable act of forgiveness, Mandie Brown, the mother of Matthew Brown, hugged Michael in court. The story of remorse and forgiveness may have ended there had it not been for a chance meeting between Paul Speight of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and the Governor of HM Prison Glen Parva, where Michael was serving his sentence. Having been told that Michael was desperate to do something positive to help him deal with the consequences of his actions, permission was sought from and given by highest level within the prison service for Michael to be filmed from his cell urging others not to make the same mistake.

Both of the families of the young men killed gave their approval for the project and as a consequence, Mandie Brown was also asked to be involved. Mandie was filmed talking about the consequences for her family. This filming produced some hard-hitting and emotional footage for the No More Lives Wasted Roadshow, a road safety presentation given by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service to Year 11 and 12 pupils across Leicestershire. The story doesn’t end there. Paul Speight wondered whether there was an opportunity to put together an event that had never been done before. His idea was to get Michael and Mandie onto a stage together to be interviewed to reach an even greater audience. A preliminary meeting took place with John Cleveland College Hinckley, where all four men involved in the crash had been pupils. At that meeting Vice-Principal Chris Leeming gave his full support and agreed to host a filmed event in the school hall in front of 280 pupils. The resources that you will find on this site are the results of filming that event along with materials from the No More Lives Wasted Roadshow, brought together here for the first time. This would not have been possible without the cooperation and support of our partner agencies.


This section contains suggested lesson plans and accompanying tools to help you plan lessons or educational sessions on the most common causes of road traffic collisions involving young people, and the resulting consequences. All of the resources you find within each section are designed to be used flexibly within your own planning; either together or as discrete sessions. Theme 1 covers ‘The Fatal Four’ which can be delivered over five lessons, with Themes 2 and 3 covering victim awareness and consequences for the perpetrator. Although the materials sit principally within the area of PSHE/Citizenship, they would also provide excellent starting points for work in English or Drama.  

The content allows you the opportunity to deliver lessons in your own style, with the option of using one or all of the resources provided for specific sections, or to mix the sections together. To ensure ease of access, the PDF documents and videos available can be downloaded for offline use. The video resources are excerpts of the unique event filmed at John Cleveland College in Hinckley, Leicestershire (see the About section). If you would like to utilise the entire presentation in your lessons (approximate running time 1 hour 45 minutes) please click on this link:


This website and the resources it provides have been made available free of charge. Although provided by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, this has only been made possible by the support and cooperation of our partner agencies.

Thank you

Many thanks to the following people who kindly participated in the Fatal Four event:

  • Julie Lavery
    Julie Lavery
  • Michael Yorke
    Michael Yorke
  • Mandie Brown
    Mandie Brown
  • Maurice Flynn
    Maurice Flynn