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Second driver arrested in deadly crash that killed two kids

11 months 1 week 3 days ago April 14, 2016 Apr 14, 2016 Thursday, April 14 2016 April 14, 2016 11:38 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kevin Dupuy

BATON ROUGE – State Police say a second person was arrested in connection to a deadly crash in Livingston Parish that killed two children.

Louisiana State Police arrested 26-year-old Jerry Ervin III of Denham Springs for vehicular homicide.

According to police, Ervin was the driver in a four vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a 4-year-old and 6-year-old in Livingston Parish.

According to Bryan Lee with the Louisiana State Police, the crash happened around 9 p.m. Sunday night on LA 447 south of I-12 in Livingston Parish.

The crash happened after 50-year-old Travis Rose of Denham Springs made a left turn from a private drive onto LA 447 in a Nissan pickup truck.

A garbage compactor fell out of the bed of Rose’s truck and landed in the northbound lane of LA 447.

Rose left it in the road and drove back to his home.

34-year-old Michelle Ramsey of Baton Rouge, struck the garbage compactor in the northbound lane and pulled her Toyota Camry off of the roadway.

29-year-old Johnell Butler of Walker was also traveling in the northbound lane in a Nissan Versa. Butler did not strike the garbage compactor, but pulled her car off of the road behind Ramsey.

Ramsey and Butler placed caution triangles along the road to warn other oncoming drivers.

While Ramsey and Butler were attempting to remove the garbage compactor from the road, 26-year-old Jerry Ervin of Holden drove through the triangles in his Toyota 4 Runner.

Ervin ran off the right side of the road and struck both Ramsey and Butler’s cars and five of the passengers that were standing outside of the cars.

4-year old Samuel Shropshire and 6-year-old Khaiden Ramsey sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

They were pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office.

Troopers say they received a warrant for Ervin’s arrest after a toxicology report showed that he was impaired at the time of the crash.

Also, Police say Ervin was also involved in a second crash on LA 447 and fled the scene before striking Ramsey and Butler's cars. 

Troopers located Rose at his residence and determined that he was impaired.  He was placed under arrest and booked into the Livingston Parish Jail

Ervin was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail for two counts of vehicular homicide, three counts of negligent injuring, hit-and-run, reckless operation and open container.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the victims' family.

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