'I want to strike a nerve': Devastated dad defends sharing heartbreaking photos of wife and unborn child killed by drunk driver
Following the deaths of his wife and unborn child, Zach Kincaid had shared striking images from their funeral. In a recent interview, he defended his decision to do so.
A devastated father who shared pictures from the funeral of his pregnant wife and unborn child after they were killed in an accident involving an allegedly intoxicated driver has defended his decision to do so. Zach Kincaid had his whole life turned upside down on September 9 when his 29-year-old wife Krystil Kincaid, who was eight months pregnant with their daughter Avalynn Onix, was killed along with the child after her car suffered a head-on collision with a vehicle driven by champion boxer Marcos Forestal.
Following their deaths, Zach had shared images from the pair's funeral at the McWane Family Funeral Home that took place on September 26. Pictures showed Krystil and Avalynn resting in a casket, as well as him tenderly clutching his stillborn child.
Zach told the Daily Mail that he posted the images in the hope that he could save other families from going through his pain. "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 said in the interview.
"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 continued. "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."
He also said it was his way of "not letting anybody look the other way anymore. It's a harsh reality and people need to look at it because drunk driving destroys more than just people that are killed in the crash." he added: "I want to strike a nerve. I don't want to be able to look the other way anymore. Look at my nightmare that I live every day."
The accident unfolded at around 8:30 pm with Forestal's car, which was speeding down the wrong lane at 85 mph, crashing head-on into Krystil's Chrysler. First responders found the car was "partially on fire" and had to quickly extinguish the flames before beginning the rescue operation.
Marcos Forestal, 28, who was driving the BMW that struck Krystil's car, suffered minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
After Krystil died the arrest charge was upgraded to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. It later emerged that Forestal, a boxing champion, had live-streamed the crash and posted it on Facebook. In the video, he said: "I had an accident. Guys, look at what happened to me. Man, a car crossed in front of me. Look at my car guys."
There were further complications as well. Because of the extensive damage that Krystil's mini-van had sustained in the collision, both the legs of the 29-year-old were pinned under the dash of the car. Firefighters had to use the jaws of life hydraulic apparatus to get her out from the vehicle. She was airlifted to an area trauma center for treatment, where she was initially expected to survive but would succumb to her injuries.
Zach, who was on the phone with his wife at the time of the accident and heard her screams as metal crashed into metal, is now pushing for stricter DUI laws. In his caption accompanying the funeral pictures, he had written, "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 isn't considered a person in the state of California."
Krystil had an 11-year-old daughter, two sons aged eight and four and was stepmum to a 14-year-old girl. Zach said Krystil is remembered as "a loving mother, amazing wife, a leader who would never ask one to do something she wasn't willing to do herself, she did what was right no matter how hard it was or the consequences that followed. She was the best thing that ever happened to me."
Zach set up a change.org petition in the hope that his calls for stricter penalties will be heard by state representatives and governor Jerry Brown. At the time of writing, it had clocked over 106,000 signatures of its intended 150,000 goal.
Speaking about his petition, he said, "There needs to be a deterrent. These people get off with a slap on the wrist and probation. We need to make it so that people don't want to risk getting in the car drunk."