Tragedy sparks new push for bill

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“He was one of the people who thought it would never happen to him,” Angela Gilkerson said.

A freak accident, Angela Gilkerson still remembers to this day the last time she heard her fiance, Jonathan Thomas’s voice.

“He called and told me he had been stung by a bee and he asked me if it to take benadryl would that help and I told him yeah and it would probably make him sleepy, but by the end of the conversation he told me he had tunnel vision,” Gilkerson said.

Thomas would lose consciousness and crash into a home. He was pronounced dead at the scene, but it was what allegedly happened at the scene that would change her and her family’s life.

“It was really upsetting to find out that a first responder allegedly had snapped some photos of his body at the accident scene and some them in public to random people,” Gilkerson said.

After finding out that taking a picture of dead person was not against the law, Gilkerson and his family pushed to have legislation made. Thus, the creation of House Bill 2122, aka Jonathan’s Bill.

“Even when someone’s deceased, you still expect the same quality of care and it’s sad that they need to be held accountable for it,” she said.

The bill will be voted on Tuesday, Feb. 10 by the House. 

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