In Georgia an investigation is under way following a member of the Spalding County Fire Department taking cell phone video at the scene of a deadly crash on Highway 19-41 near Griffin on July 17. That video, showing close-ups of the victim, 23-year-old Dayna Kempson-Schacht, ended up being sent to the woman’s father Jeff Kempson. The mother of two had crashed her vehicle into a tree. Here’s more from WAGA-TV in Atlanta:
“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.
Fire Chief Kenneth West says the county attorney told him not to comment on this case. But the sheriff’s department says the firefighter who took the initial video, first shared with others in the fire department. Then, an unknown firefighter took the video to a bar, where he shared it with and texted it to other bar patrons. And from there, the video spread
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.