After wife and unborn child killed by drunk driver, dad shares heartbreaking pictures of them in coffin to help petition for stricter laws
29-year-old Krystil Kincaid, who was eight months pregnant, was killed along with her child after her car suffered a head-on collision from a car driven by boxer Marcos Forestal
A devastated father shared the pictures from the funeral of his pregnant wife and unborn child after they were killed in a road accident involving a driver who was believed to have been intoxicated. 29-year-old Krystil Kincaid, who was eight months pregnant, was killed along with the child after their car suffered a head-on collision from a vehicle being driven by champion boxer Marcos Forestal on September 9.
Their funeral service took place on September 26 at the McWane Family Funeral Home, with pictures posted by husband Zach Kincaid showing both Krystil and their unborn daughter, Avalynn Onix, resting in a casket. Zach, who has been pushing for harsher drink-driving penalties in the state of California following the accident, posted the pictures on Facebook along with a heartbreaking caption.
"A drunk driver speeding down a two-lane highway at 85+mph in the wrong lane around a blind corner destroyed my family," he wrote. "The max sentence for killing my wife and daughter is 10 years max. The state of California doesn't think there was intent, but I know driving recklessly in that manner, he didn't intend anything good.... my daughter's due date was October 9th, a 36 week old fully developed baby isnt considered a person in the state of California."
He continued, "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 and tell me it isn't time for change....imagine if this was your family... Who will fight with me for change? Who will spread this like wild fire? Who will write their representatives and demand change?? We cannot as a society look the other way any longer. Driving drunk is intent."
Zach is also the father to an 11-year-old daughter, and two sons, currently aged eight and four. He is also the father to a 14-year-old stepchild and recently set up a change.org petition — which has currently clocked 80,000-odd signatures out of 150,000 by Saturday night — in the hope that his voice will be heard by the state's representatives and by governor Jerry Brown.
Following the head-on collision on that fateful night at around 8:30 p.m., first responders found Krystil's Chrysler "partially on fire" and had to quickly extinguish the flames before beginning their rescue operation. According to the Daily Mail, Zach was on speakerphone at the time of the crash and says he could hear the scream before the impact, and then the sound of metal and firefighters using specialized equipment as they tried to pull his wife out of the wreckage.
Because of the extensive amount of damage Krystil's mini-van sustained, which had pinned both the victim’s legs under the dash of her Chrysler, firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to get the trapped woman out from underneath the vehicle. The mother was then airlifted to an area trauma center for treatment, where she was initially expected to survive but did not survive her injuries. She remained on a breathing device, but only so her organs could be harvested for a donation.
The driver of the car that crashed into Krystil's was found to be World Boxing Federation International Super Bantamweight champion Marcos Forestal, a native of Cuba. Following the accident, he was found walking near his wrecked car, live-streaming the crash on Facebook and saying, "I had an accident. Guys, look what happened to me. Man, a car crossed in front of me. Look at my car guys."
Officials said Forestal showed signs of alcohol intoxication and that he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and causing a collision that resulted in major injuries. However, after Krystil and the baby's death, the charge was updated to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He was treated for minor injuries before being taken to the Riverside County Jail, where he was held on a $75,000 bond. He has pleaded not guilty to the vehicular manslaughter charge and is next scheduled for a hearing on November 1.
In a statement, Christina Carrillo, his manager at JAB Management, wrote, "I would like to extend my deepest condolences to those that have lost their loved ones in this horrible tragedy. At this time, we are cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation."