WARNING, CONFRONTING CONTENT: 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 36 weeks pregnant with her daughter Alvalynn when their car was struck on a Californian highway on September 9.
Her heartbroken husband, Zach, decided he wanted the world to see the confronting images of the 29-year-old mother and their little girl laying in a coffin together at their funerals.
“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 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 honour them. This is my way to save others.”
The 34-year-old who is now left to raise their three children and stepdaughter by himself said he was on the phone to 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 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, Mr 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 over Ms 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, that has since been deleted. He watched on in awe, asking why the “100 per cent narcissistic” driver wasn’t rushing over to help his wife.
Forestal was initially arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and causing a collision that resulted in major injuries. Following Kincaid’s passing, the boxer’s charge was upgraded to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
“Forestal displayed symptoms of alcohol intoxication and was arrested,” the Helmet Police Department said.
Alvalynn was expected to enter the world on October 9, however California’s state laws do not consider a 36-week-old baby to be a person.
As a result, Forestal has only been charged over the mother’s death – a decision that has sparked fury amongst their 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.”