Two children dead after 4-car drunk driving crash
BATON ROUGE - Two children are dead after a car crash that happened overnight on Monday.
Louisiana State Police say that a 4-year-old and 6-year-old were killed following a four-car crash on LA 447 south of I-12 in Livingston Parish on Sunday.
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. Officials say four vehicles were involved in the wreck.
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.
Ramsey, Ervin, a 16-year-old male, and a 15-year old-female all sustained serious injuries and were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Troopers also suspect impairment on the part of Ervin and charges are pending. Toxicology samples were taken from both Rose and Ervin for analysis.
Troopers located Rose at his residence and determined that he was impaired. He was placed under arrest and booked into the Livingston Parish Jail for Vehicular Homicide, Felony Hit and Run, Aggravated Obstruction of Highway, Failure to Secure Load, and No Insurance.