State Police say two children are dead after a fatal wreck on a highway in Livingston Parish last night. Trooper Bryan Lee says impairment is suspected on the part of two of the four vehicles involved. Lee says the two children killed were ages four and six and they were standing on the road as adults were attempting to remove a garbage compactor from the road.
“When a fourth vehicle came along and struck both of the vehicles that were stopped and all of the occupants that were standing outside of those vehicles.”
Lee says the vehicle that struck the five people on the side of the road was driven by 26-year-old Jerry Ervin of Holden, who is believed to have been impaired. He says they also believe 50-year-old Travis Rose of Denham Springs was drunk and left the garbage compactor in the road after it fell out of his truck.
“Troopers located him at his home and they placed him under arrest for vehicle homicide, felony hit and run, aggravated obstruction of a highway, failure to secure a load, and no insurance.”
Lee says the two children, four-year-old Samuel Shropshire and six-year-old Khaiden Ramsey were pronounced dead at the scene. He says 34-year-old Michelle Ramsey, a 16-year-old male, and a 15-year-old female were transported to a hospital with serious injuries after being struck by Ervin.
“It’s still an active investigation right now, charges are pending on Mr. Ervin and we’re expecting to have those before the end of the week.”