Memorial services scheduled for 7th Slaughter crash victim

Rogerick Johnson Jr.
Rogerick Johnson Jr.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Memorial services for the seventh victim of the fatal head-on collision in Slaughter, LA have been scheduled.

The services for Rogerick Johnson, Jr. will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Noon at the God's Vineyard Baptist Church of 8486 Harry Dr. in Baton Rouge, LA 70815.

"I just want the service to be over as soon as possible and I don't want a long drawn out service", said Rogerick Johnson, Sr., (father).

The Interment will be at the Winnfield Funeral Home, 7221 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70805.

"We again want to thank the community for their outpouring of love and support for our family during this tragedy. We will forever be thankful to each of you" said Ray C. Gilbert, Sr., Uncle and Spokesman for the Johnson Family.

The initial crash happened Wednesday, May 30, 2012 around 10 p.m. Police say Grandmother Brenda Gaines was driving her daughter Denise Gaines and Denise's four children, Diamond Johnson, Jyran Johnson, Willie Gaines and Rogerick Johnson, Jr. Also in the vehicle was a fellow church member Angela Mosley.

The group was headed back to Baton Rouge from a bible study in Clinton, La.

Brenda, Denise, Diamond, Jyran and Angela were all killed instantly in the crash. Willie Gaines was taken off life support June 3, 2012. His family decided to donate his organs.

Police are saying the man who hit the car head-on was Brett Gerald, 30, of Greensburg. They believe he was out celebrating his 30th birthday and was under the influence of alcohol. After testing his Blood/Alcohol Content, police say Gerald's BAC was .15g%, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08g%.

Gerald was arrested at the time of the crash and bonded out. When Willie Gaines passed away, he was arrested again and his charges were upgraded. Now that Rogerick has passed away, Gerald is charged with seven counts of vehicular homicide, second offense DWI, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and driving left of center.

This is not the first time Gerald has been charged with a DWI. Records show he was arrested in 2008 in East Feliciana for DWI, but served no jail time. Then last spring in Denham Springs, another DWI. He served 48 hours in jail for that.

Twentieth Judicial District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla said he could not prosecute Gerald on the 2008 DWI charge because his urine tested negative. However, Gerald admitted to a state trooper he was drinking beer.

D'Aquilla said even with a valid admission prosecutors still have to prove the blood alcohol level is above the legal limit.

Gerald will be arraigned on all charges Tuesday morning. He will appear before Judge William Carmichael at the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Clinton at 9:30 a.m.

A memorial account has been set up in the name of John Gaines at Chase bank for those who would like to donate to help with expenses.

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