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UPS driver Jonathan Thomas died June 15, 2012 at the age of 30. A witness said his delivery truck went through the front of a home off Route 60 in Rainelle near Miller Road.

Now, his family is a filing lawsuit on Quinwood Ambulance company and a former emergency medical technician for allegedly circulating photos of the victim's body.

Although there is no state law prohibiting taking photos of deceased, the lawsuit filed by Thomas' family states that family members have privacy rights that control the exploitation of deceased family members.

Jonathan Thomas' parents, Darla and Lowell Thomas Jr., and their daughter, Shena, filed the lawsuit against Alderson resident Angel Willis, who allegedly took the photos.

According to the lawsuit, Willis took photos with her personal phone, for no legitimate reason. She then passed those photos out to peers and coworkers.

Quinwood emergency ambulance declined to comment on the matter. A working phone number for Willis could not be found.