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UPDATE: Lawsuit filed over photos of accident victim

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A family is suing an Emergency Medical Technician and an Ambulance Company, claiming the EMT took photos of their son's dead body at a traffic accident.

30-year-old Jonathan Thomas died after the UPS truck he was driving swerved off the road and into a home in Crawley last summer.

Thomas' family alleges that while on duty at the scene, EMT Angel Willis Took photos of Jonathan's corpse with a personal cell phone, and spread them around the community.

His mother, Darla Thomas, tells WVVA they are suing Quinwood Emergency Ambulance Incorporated as well as Willis.

"I don't know why she would have done that...," said Darla. "I want the law to be changed. As of right now we don't have a state law in West Virginia prohibiting photos being taken by someone such as her." 

WVVA did attempt to reach out to the Quinwood Emergency Ambulance Company for comment, but they declined.

A phone number for Willis could not be found.

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LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- The family of a Rainelle man who died in a traffic accident is suing an ambulance company and an emergency medical technician for allegedly circulating photos of the victim's corpse.

The lawsuit in Greenbrier Circuit Court claims that Quinwood Emergency Ambulance Inc. violated the privacy of Jonathan Thomas' family.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the 30-year-old Thomas died last year when the UPS truck he was driving swerved off the road and into a home in Crawley. His family claims in the lawsuit that EMT Angel Willis of Alderson took photos that were circulated through the community. The complaint describes the images as "unsightly, intrusive and outside the bounds of decency."

The ambulance company declined comment Monday. A phone number for Willis could not be found.

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