Holden man connected to crash that killed 2 children sentenced to 19 years

Updated: Jul. 31, 2018 at 2:54 PM CDT
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LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A Holden man connected to a 2016 vehicular crash that killed two children and injured several others was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

According to a Monday release from the 21st Judicial District, District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports Jerry Ervin III, 27, was sentenced for two counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of first degree vehicular negligent injuring.

Ervin pled no contest to the charges and had no prior felony convictions or any convictions for driving while intoxicated.

The court sentenced Ervin to seven years on each count of vehicular homicide. Ervin will not be eligible for parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. The court also sentenced him to five years on each count of first degree vehicular negligent injuring.

On April 10, 2016, Ervin was driving northbound on Walker South Road when he tried to pass a vehicle. While doing this, Ervin hit the rear of the vehicle without stopping and fled the scene, according to the release.

After driving about a mile north on LA-447, he approached the scene of a minor vehicular crash. At this scene, a disabled vehicle was partially in the roadway.

A four-year-old and six-year-old were near the rear of the disabled vehicle while three people were in front of it.

Residents were helping the family with the disabled vehicle as well as assisting in traffic control. There were safety triangles lining the edge of the roadway and someone flagging vehicles with a flashlight to slow oncoming traffic, the release stated.

Officials said Ervin drove past the flagman, crashed through the safety triangles and partially ran off the roadway.

Ervin's vehicle side-swiped the first vehicle before his vehicle ran into a ditch. When Ervin tried to drive back onto the roadway, he struck and killed the children, who were identified as Khaiden and Samuel Ramsey.

Ervin then hit the rear of the second vehicle, which forced that vehicle to strike the three pedestrians. The pedestrians had serious injuries from the crash. The injured pedestrians were the mother and 15-year-old sister of the two juveniles killed, as well as the 15-year-old son of one of the neighbors who came out to help the family.

"Your selfish and careless actions took away the life of my beautiful children too soon; two little boys who were so full of life, love, and adventure. And for my daughter, you took away her brothers," Michelle Ramsey, the mother of the children killed in the crash, in a victim statement. "

"You took away from her ability to be her brothers' protector and you left her with a vision that no one should ever have," Ramsey said. "The pain of knowing that I will never hold them again, never get 'Eskimo' kisses and hugs, or celebrate another birthday or holiday, accomplishments, and cheer them on at their sporting events."

The mother of the 15-year-old boy injured in the accident read to the court her son's victim's impact statement, "My life was forever changed due to someone else's actions."

The teenager had suffered memory loss as a result of the crash, causing him to repeat the ninth grade. In addition, the 15-year-old had multiple facial fractures, brain swelling, a broken femur and a broken knee.

At the time of the crash, Ervin had a blood alcohol content of 0.210g%.

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