Husband who shared photo of wife and unborn child in coffin reveals heartbreak
A grieving husband who shared pictures of his wife in her coffin holding their lifeless baby daughter has spoken of his heartbreak.
Zach Kincaid, 34, was on the phone to wife Krystil, 29, when a drunk driver crashed into her minivan in Hemet, California, on September 9, killing her and their eight-month-old daughter.
Krystil had just finished work and was due to go on maternity leave at the time of the accident.
Earlier this week he shared heartbreaking pictures of Krystil in her coffin holding their lifeless baby daughter she was weeks away from giving birth to.
He hopes the pictures will show everyone the result of drink driving.
Zach told DailyMail TV: ‘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.’
‘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.’
Describing the moment he heard the crash, Zach said: ‘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.’
‘There was a quiver of almost like despair or impending doom – and then I heard the loudest crash. It sounded like the car was tumbling after that, but it didn’t.’
‘And then there was just silence. I didn’t hear her whimper. The silence was terrifying. The silence lasted for awhile.’
He said that he could hear people rush to the car and try and open the door. They told him Krystil was still breathing but that he legs were pinned.
‘I’m screaming from the floor, “She’s pregnant, she’s pregnant, is the baby okay?’ I was stuck 450 miles away from her on the other side of the phone.’
Once the fire department arrived, Zach was told they still had a pulse and that they would get her out of the wrecked car.
Meanwhile, Zach tried to get a flight home that night but couldn’t – and a couple hours later, he received the dreaded news from a doctor that his daughter, who they planned to name Avalynn Onix, had died.
The 34-year-old said: ‘She was crying with me on the phone, telling me how perfect she was and how she had no damage and how she was fully developed.’
When he finally arrived at the hospital, 12 hours later, Zach was then told that Krystil had failed her first neurological test and her second and the only thing left that was working was her heart.
He told CafeMom: ‘I screamed for her to respond … nothing. I watched her not breathe for 16 minutes and she never gasped. At 12.09am the doctor looked at me and said, “I’m sorry. She’s not here anymore.”
Krystil had an 11-year-old daughter, two sons aged eight and four and was stepmum to a 14-year-old girl.
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 livestreamed 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.’
In response to this, heartbroken Zach shared photos online of Krystil in her coffin with daughter Avalynn on her chest wearing a red dress and wrapped in a white blanket.
Accompanying the pictures, he wrote: ‘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…’
He has also started a Change.org petition hoping to get harsher punishments for drink driving and to have baby Avalynn’s death added to Forestal’s charge.
He said: ‘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. How do I explain to my children this injustice?’
The petition has received more than 106,000 signatures so far, while a GoFundMe page for the family has raised $52,000.