Instead, Kincaid gave them the devastating news: Their mother, Krystil, 29, and Avalynn, an 8-month-old unborn child, were killed in a traffic collision in Hemet that police said was caused by a speeding, drunken driver who slammed into their car head-on.
“That was probably the worst thing I ever had to do,” Kincaid said. “I’m just heartbroken for my children, watching them deal with the fact that they lost their mother. I don’t know how to fix it. It’s hard being a father and not knowing how to fix it.”
The crash happened about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of N. Warren Road. Marcos A. Forestal, 28, was driving over the speed limit southbound on Warren when he veered into the opposing lanes, striking Kincaid’s Chrysler, Hemet police Lt. Eric Dickson said.
She had left for their home in San Jacinto about an hour early Sunday. Her back was hurting, and she wanted to make sure there was enough food prepared for the lunches the next day for her two girls and two boys, ages 14, 11, 8 and 4. The family eats an organic diet, and the food takes a lot of time to make, her husband said.
He described his wife as someone who was driven and loved being a businesswoman.
Krystil Kincaid ‘was the best mom’ to her daughters and sons ages 14, 11, 8 and 4, said her husband, Zach Kincaid. Krystil Kincaid, 28, of San Jacinto, died along with her unborn 8-month-old Avalynn Onix after a collision in Hemet on Sept. 9, 2018. (Courtesy of Zach Kincaid)
“She was very good at her job. She’s been there only three years and she was flying through the ranks,” he said.
They hoped that she would one day run a WinCo store or even become a district manager.
“Who knows how high she would have went?” he said.
Forestal, a professional boxer from Cuba who lives in Southern California, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in the Banning branch of Riverside County Superior Court on a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
He pleaded not guilty, and his next court date was set for Nov. 1. He remained in custody in lieu of posting bond on $75,000 bail, court and jail records showed.
Kincaid said he was willing to forgive Forestal – “People make mistakes,” he said – until he saw the Facebook Live video that Forestal posted moments after the collision. Police hadn’t yet spoken with Forestal until one officer appeared near the end of the video, during which Forestal walked amid the wreckage talking about himself while failing to express concern for the people in the other vehicle.
“My people here appeared to me a car and I had an accident,” Forestal said, according to a translation of the video — since removed from YouTube — from Spanish. “Look what happened to me, gentlemen. I got a car in the front and look what happened to my car.”
“It wasn’t until I saw that that I was upset with his lack of humanity and compassion. It seems to be the kind of person he was. At that moment, I came to the realization that he just killed my wife and my child, and that he only cares for himself. Hopefully, some prison time will allow him to reflect and be a better person when he comes out,” Kincaid said.
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