In Hemet, California on September 9, Zach Kincaid lost his wife and unborn daughter to a car crash. Marcos Forestal, a boxing champion, was arrested and charged for the accident.
After their funeral, Zach posted images of his wife and daughter’s open coffin on social media. He’s since revealed the reason why he did this.
Marcos Forestal, 28, is the drunk driver who crashed into Zach Kincaid’s wife Krystil Kincaid’s car. Forestal killed her and their eight-month-old daughter, Avalynn Onix.
Zach, 34, took to social media to share his wife and unborn daughter's funerals. He posted an image where one of his sons was seen trying to get closer as he watched him shut the casket.
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Zach opened up about why he’d shared the images saying:
“I put those pictures up so everyone can see the nightmare that I'm living and my kids are living every day for the rest of our lives.”
“I'm using it as a tool to protect everyone else. That's what this is about. It's not about me getting vengeance. This is about doing what's right.”
He revealed that he wanted to make sure that his wife and daughter didn't die for nothing. Sharing the images was his way to honor them and “to save others.”
Last month, Forestal hit Krystil's minivan in California at 8.30 p.m. while driving at 85 mph down the wrong lane. When the accident occurred, Zach had been on the phone with his wife.
She was due for maternity leave in just four days. Zach, who was 450 miles away, recalled:
“We were talking, and then I just heard her scream. That scream only probably lasted about two seconds, but it replays in my mind very, very slowly.”
He got to speak to the police and the doctors who told him his child was dead. Krystil, 29, shared how perfect their daughter was before, she too, died.
Zach wasn’t able to get a flight soon enough and only saw his daughter on September 26 on the day of the funeral. He had the difficult task of telling couple's three children and his stepdaughter, who lives in Minnesota, that their mother was gone.
He later received a link on Facebook from Krystil's brother where it showed that Forestal live-streamed the crash. In the clip, the boxer took no responsibility for the crash.
The widower became angrier when he found out that Forestal was only charged with one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. If he gets convicted, he will face a maximum of 10 years in prison.
In retaliation, Zach started a Change.org petition, hoping to enact harsher punishments for drunken driving. Posting the images on Facebook was his way of “not letting anybody look the other way anymore.”
In another story, Harmony Tucker, 37, was admitted to a hospital suffering from severe tiredness and breathlessness and was diagnosed with thyrotoxicosis. The illness is a life-threatening condition that can cause heart problems and death if left untreated.
Doctors became negligent, failing to carry out vital tests and sent her home twice where she later collapsed and died. Her daughter, Shawna Gordon, now 26, and her grandmother, Yvonne Gordon, sued the hospital for the psychological damage and trauma.
The hospital paid them over $65, 000 in an out-of-court settlement but they haven’t admitted liability for the psychological damage. They also paid them an undisclosed five-figure payout for negligence.
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