AL teen's lifeless body shown on social media after fatal car crash horrifies loved ones

Family, friends horrified teen's lifeless body posted on social media after fatal accident
David Smith (Source: family)
David Smith (Source: family)
Autumn Thompson (Source: family)
Autumn Thompson (Source: family)

CUSSETA, AL (WTVM) - Disturbing details are emerging from Tuesday's fatal car accident that killed two Chambers County teens.

Several family members and friends found out about the teens' deaths when gruesome images were posted to social media. The social media posts have made the pain for both families that much worse.

Choking back tears, Casey Cunningham can barely speak about the death of his nephew, 15-year-old David Smith, and how he found out about the fatal accident that killed Smith and his girlfriend, 14-year-old Autumn Thompson.

"A picture of his lifeless body was sent to my phone, before I ever found out what was going on. That's not how I wanted to find out. I couldn't sleep that night, that image will forever be burned into my mind," he said.

Cunningham says a survivor of the accident - a juvenile who's not being named - posted three images of Smith's body on social media just after the fatal crash occurred. The graphic and disturbing images shared with us by family and friends will not be shown in this report. 

"Kids need to understand life is precious, and not to just put it out there for everybody to feed on, see and gawk at. His head was busted open, there was blood everywhere," said Cunningham.

Investigators say Tuesday, July 5 at about 12:30 p.m., a 2013 Kia Soul driven by Daniel Hornsby, 18, of Valley, struck the guardrail at the Osanippa Creek Bridge along County Road 299 in Cusseta.

Investigators say Smith and Thompson were not wearing their seat belts. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Troopers will forward any findings to the Chambers County District Attorney's office, and the case will be presented to a grand jury to determine if charges need to be filed.

Cunningham says the thought of never seeing David again is unbearable. Autumn's family says she was a beautiful person inside and out who loved life. Now, they are both gone.

State Troopers say a crash report will be released to the public next week. In it we could learn if speed or intoxicated driving were factors in this accident or not.

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