Firefighter in Georgia accused of taking, sharing cell phone video of fatal car crash
The family of 23-year-old accident victim Dayna Kempson-Schacht say discovering video of the crash that killed their daughter and her devastating fatal injuries was “beyond words.”
Kempson-Schacht was killed instantly in the July 17th crash, but two months later, her father Jeff Kempson says he received a text with video of the crash’s aftermath, including his daughter’s corpse, close up:
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.
Investigators at the Spalding County sheriff’s department believe that a firefighter who responded to the scene of the accident took the footage, which then spread among other firefighters and patrons at a local bar. Police say that the first responder didn’t break any laws in taking and sharing the video, but they are examining whether policy was violated. The Kempsons, however, feel something should be done considering the secondary trauma they’ve endured:
“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.