A single moment of negligence while driving can cost lives. Even after a whole generation has grown up with “do not drink and drive” PSAs, people still continue to ignore their own safety as well as those of others, to drink and drive. The Kincaid family had to bear the brunt of a man who decided to drive under the influence. His thoughtless actions snatched a pregnant mother of four from her children and her husband. The accident also took with her an unborn child who did not get to experience life at all. The heartbroken husband, Zach Kincaid, then launched a mission to get justice for his wife and child to ensure something like this never happens again.
Krystil Kincaid, who was 29 and eight months pregnant at the time, was driving her Chrysler minivan on Warren Road. She was talking to her husband on speakerphone when the crash occurred, reported KTLA 5. As she was driving, police said that a speeding BMW veered into her lane and hit her. The car was being driven by Marcos A Forestal, 29, of Burbank. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, the minivan was partially on fire. Even though they were able to put out the fire quickly, they were not able to save Krystil from the wreckage because she was pinned against the car’s dashboard.
The emergency responders used the “Jaws of Life” to extricate the trapped woman from her vehicle. The pregnant Krystil was then air-lifted to a nearby hospital. Her unborn baby died while Krystil was put on life-support, reported PEOPLE. The following day, she succumbed to the injuries and was pronounced dead by the doctors. Forestal, on the other hand, was found walking near his vehicle on the scene. He was a professional boxer and was the reigning World Boxing Federation International Super Bantamweight champion. After ramming into Krystil’s car, he live-streamed the incident on Facebook Live. “Look what happened to me, guys,” Forestal, who sustained only minor injuries, said in the video that has since been deleted.
In the video, he reportedly blamed Krystil and said in Spanish to his followers, “A car crossed in front of me and look what happened to my car.” The Helmet Police Department stated that Forestal displayed symptoms of alcohol intoxication and was then arrested. The Cuban boxer first pleaded not guilty for the accident but subsequently pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence. He received the maximum sentence for the charges which is 10 years in prison.
Kincaid launched a GoFundMe for covering expenses. The family also started a Change.org petition to seek justice with the petition stating, “Why should the system not have a reasonable opportunity to charge this man with a sentence that would bring this family some justice since they no longer have their wife, mother, daughter, and friend?”
Taking to Facebook, Kincaid, 34, shared images from the funeral of his wife and unborn daughter and wrote, 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. 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. 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.