Families found out bikers died through grim pictures on social media

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Families found out bikers died through grim pictures on social media

Miranda Valles died in the crash (Picture: Facebook)

Photos showing the lifeless bodies of crash victims should be banned on social media.

That’s the view of families who saw horrific images of their loved ones following a horrific motorcycle crash last year.

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The mother of Miranda Valles, 21 who died in the crash in Chicago, Illinois along with her friend Matt Summers, 41 found out her daughter had died before the police could tell her.

Some relatives and friends saw a graphic picture of their bodies on social media, and contacted Dawn Valles to let her know.

Mrs Valles told the Chicago Tribune: ‘Nobody should ever have to find out that way.

Family find out biker died through grim pictures on social media

The photos were seen by many people including the victims’ families (Picture: Facebook)

Family find out biker died through grim pictures on social media

The crash happened in June 2015 (Picture: CBS 2 Chicago)

‘People think (accident photos are) cool to look at, but it’s not so cool when it’s your family. (That photo is) always going to be on Google.’

Kaley Sullivan, a friend of Miranda, has started a petition asking social media sites to ban photos of crash victims.

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As well as the deaths of Miranda and Matt, she cited two other deaths were images of the bodies were posted online.

The petition has received more than 700 signatures.

Kaley wrote: ‘This is happening daily and daily more families have to cope with haunting images or videos of their loved ones.

Family find out biker died through grim pictures on social media

Miranda’s family and friends want to see a change in social media policy (Picture: Facebook)

Family find out biker died through grim pictures on social media

Matt’s family also saw the horrific images (Picture: Facebook)

‘Imagine your daughter, son, mother, sister. Gruesome images leave everlasting scars.

‘Medical examiners and coroners do NOT release photos of claimed bodies to the public or the media. Others should respect the victim’s and families privacy as well.’

She has requested social media platforms change their community standards to ban such photos.

She added: ‘Many social media platforms remove photos of breastfeeding woman, nudity, pornography, graphic videos of celebrities or World dictators. But these image of victims do not violate their standards.’

Family find out biker died through grim pictures on social media

The petition has received some support (Picture: change.org)