Troopers arrest second driver in connection to crash that left 2 children dead

Troopers arrest second driver in connection to crash that left 2 children dead - 10 p.m.
Travis Rose (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Travis Rose (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police arrested a second man in connection to a crash that killed two children Sunday night in Livingston Parish.

One driver suspected of impairment was arrested Sunday night. Another driver also believed to have been impaired at the time, Jerry Ervin III, was arrested Thursday.

"He was over twice the legal limit at the time of that crash," said Tpr. Bryan Lee with LSP. "Troopers obtained a warrant for Ervin today and they placed him under arrest and booked him into the Livingston Parish Jail."

According to investigators, Ervin was arrested on multiple charges, including vehicular homicide. Travis Rose, 50, of Denham Springs, was also arrested on multiple charges in connection to the crash that killed Samuel Shropshire, 4, and Khaiden Ramsey, 6, both of Baton Rouge.

Troopers reported the wreck happened on LA 447 (Walker South Road) south of I-12 in Walker around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Lee said the preliminary investigation showed Rose was driving a 1997 truck when he turned out of a private driveway onto Walker South. He added a garbage compactor fell out of the bed of the pickup into one of the lanes on the highway. Lee also said Rose left the compactor in the road and drove back home.

According to reports, a 2015 Toyota Camry driven by Michelle Ramsey, 34, of Baton Rouge, hit the garbage compactor and then pulled onto the shoulder. Reports stated a driver in a 2007 Nissan Versa avoided hitting the compactor, but pulled over behind the Camry.

Authorities said the passengers in the two cars put caution triangles along the highway to warn other drivers of the hazard.

They added while the two drivers were trying to move the garbage compactor off the road, a 1998 Toyota 4Runner driven by Ervin went through the triangles and hit both vehicles, along with the five people standing by them.

Troopers said Shrophire and Khaiden Ramsey were pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office. Michelle Ramsey, a 16-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl and Ervin suffered serious injuries and were taken to the hospital, according to LSP. Their current conditions are unknown.

Troopers reported they determined Rose to be impaired when he was found at his home Sunday night.

Not only was Ervin impaired, but troopers say he was fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run when his truck barreled into the group, turning his second crash of the night fatal.

"He struck another vehicle and accelerated rapidly which is why he was driving at a high rate of speed at the time of that second crash," Lee added.

Rose was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on two counts of vehicular homicide, felony hit and run, aggravated obstruction of highway, failure to secure load and no insurance. His bond was set at $235,417.

An arrest warrant for Ervin was obtained after a toxicology report showed that he was impaired at the time of the crash.

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

"If you get behind the wheel of that vehicle impaired, know that you can change people's lives," Lee said. "So think about those people, think about your family and all the people that would have to deal with these situations."

Ervin's bond was set at $276,000.

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