A firefighter responding to a deadly automobile accident took a video on his private cell phone and passed it on to his fellow firefighters. From there the video was passed on to bar patrons by another firefighter and eventually was placed onto the Internet. The mother and father of the victim eventually also received a copy of the video showing the massive head injury their daughter sustained in the accident. A recent article describes the incident:
The coroner told family that Dayna Kempson-Schacht died instantly.
The 23-year old mother of two lost control of her car and crashed into some trees.
Her parents say they thought they would never again feel such pain. But they were wrong.
“It was bad enough that we lost our daughter. And now to have to deal with something like this, it’s just beyond words,” said Kempson.
Two and a half months after her death, her father got a text message about a video, taken by cell phone. It’s 30 seconds of up close images of Schacht’s crash, including her dead body.
The audio is two first responders talking about what they see. “Hold that down there. Oh my god.”
“One asked the other to move the flash light on to her body and when he did that, you can graphically see the severe head trauma,” said Kempson.
Spalding County sheriff’s investigators confirm the video was taken by a Spalding County firefighter on his personal phone.
“How could someone, first of all, take the video. And second of all, how could they show it and discuss it,” said Kempson.
The Kempsons say their daughter has been disrespected — victimized again by someone the public should be able to trust.
“When I close my eyes, it’s not fair that that video is what I see of my daughter,” said mother Lucreta Kempson.
At this point, investigators don’t believe taking the video and sharing it breaks any laws.
The county is looking into any possible policy violation.
I am sure that the investigation will determine that no laws were violated. But common sense dictates that this video should of never been taken and distributed. I am sure the family will be able to prove in a civil court of law that this behavior should be punished, whether it breaks a law or not.