A grieving widower has revealed why he shared photos of his dead wife and unborn daughter after they were killed by an allegedly drunk driver.
Krystil Kincaid was eight months pregnant with her daughter, Alvalynn, when their car was struck on a California highway on Sept. 9.
Her heartbroken husband, Zach, who lives in San Jacinto, Calif., decided he wanted the world to see the unsettling images of the 29-year-old mother and their little girl lying in a coffin together at their wake.
“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,” he told the Daily Mail.
“This is about making sure that my wife didn’t die for nothing. That my daughter didn’t die for nothing. This is my way to honor them. This is my way to save others.”
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The 34-year-old, who is now raising the couple’s three children and stepdaughter by himself, said he was on the phone with his wife when the accident happened, describing the brief screams he heard and how they continue to haunt him.
“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 added.
He could hear as firefighters started up machinery to tear through the minivan before they rushed her to the hospital, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help the Kincaid children.
As he desperately tried to book a flight to California from Minnesota, Kincaid received a call from a doctor who told him their daughter had not survived the crash. Both crying, the doctor described to him “how perfect” little Alvalynn was.
Outrage over leniency showed to ‘narcissistic’ driver
Professional boxer Marcos Forestal, 28, who has been charged in Krystil Kincaid’s death, live-streamed the aftermath of the accident to Facebook, during which time he can be heard saying “I had an accident guys … look at my car.”
The heartbroken father of three was later sent a link to the footage, which has since been deleted. He watched in awe, asking why the “100 percent narcissistic” driver wasn’t rushing over to help his wife.
“I wish he could look at my children and their brown eyes and suffer like them,” Kinkaid told local Los Angeles news station KNBC.
Forestal was initially arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and causing a collision that resulted in major injuries. Following Kincaid’s death, the boxer’s charge was upgraded to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
“Forestal displayed symptoms of alcohol intoxication and was arrested,” the local Hemet Police Department said.
Forestal has been charged for only the mother’s death — a decision that has sparked fury among the family and seen more than 100,000 people sign a petition seeking “Justice for Krystil and Avalynn Kincaid.”
“A drunk driver speeding down a two-lane highway at 85+mph in the wrong lane around a blind corner destroyed my family. The max sentence for killing my wife and daughter is 10 years max,” he wrote in a Change.org petition.
“How do I explain to my children this injustice. My children and I have never felt so disposable. … Look at the devastation left behind that is my family.”
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