On July 26th, a court hearing was held for Jerry Ervin III in a Louisiana courtroom. On this day, he would be sentenced for causing a drunk driving accident that left two young boys dead and several others injured back in 2016. Many individuals attended the court hearing, including Michelle Ramsey, the mother who lost 6-year-old Khaiden Ramsey and 4-year-old Samuel Shropshire. It had been a while since Ramsey had come face to face with Ervin after the tragic accident that took the life of her two precious boys. And she was hoping it would be the last encounter they had.
The unfortunate accident occurred back on April 10, 2016. According to The Advocate, it was around 8:45 p.m. when another motorist identified as Travis Rose, “dropped a trash compactor from his pickup as he was entering the highway south of Walker.” Not only did he neglect to stop and remove the trash compactor from the road, but it was later determined that he had been driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.13 percent, which is much higher than the legal limit of 0.08. Just moments after dropping the item in the roadway, Ramsey, who had been heading home to Baton Rouge, crashed her car into the compactor.
After the collision, Ramsey and her three children got out of the vehicle and were met by a father and teenage son who lived nearby that came out to assist them. They placed traffic triangles in the road in an effort to warn other drivers that there was a problem and they were waiting for help to arrive. Unfortunately, it wasn’t much later when Ervin came crashing through the triangles in his SUV. And when his vehicle partially left the roadway, he attempted to correct his mistake by getting back on the roadway and that is when he crashed into Ramsey’s two boys and Donovan Alipio, the teen who came to help. Ramsey and her older daughter also sustained injuries and Alipio was thrown into a ditch as a result of the impact.
 
Sadly, Ramsey’s sons did not survive the crash.
 
Police later determined that Ervin had been operating his vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.21 percent. He was eventually charged with vehicular homicide and it wasn’t until last month that his case made it in front of a judge. Rose, on the other hand, was sentenced to five years in prison back in 2016 for aggravated obstruction of a roadway and first offense driving while intoxicated. During Ervin’s court hearing, though, Judge Doug Hughes ordered that Ervin receive a seven-year sentence for each of the two boys which must be served consecutively along with “five years each of the negligent injury charges.” Now, Ervin is expected to spend a total of 19 years behind bars.
While Ramsey felt as though the sentence was “too light,” she stated that “if that’s what the law says, that’s what will happen.” Although the family was able to gain some sort of justice from the incident, still, it won’t change the fact that two little boys will never get the chance to truly experience what life is all about.
After a family loses a loved one to an auto accident, the only thing they are left to do is ensure justice is served. They can do this by filing a lawsuit against the negligent party as well as push for criminal charges to be filed given a crime was committed. This not gets the surviving family the closure they
The Baton Rouge accident lawyers at Andress | Inzina, LLC can help those whose lives have been impacted by an accident recover the compensation they need while fighting for the justice they deserve.
may need, but it also helps to send a message to other drivers that this behavior will not be tolerated. Now, the best way to ensure you obtain a favorable outcome in your case is with the help of a Baton Rouge, LA accident attorney.
The Baton Rouge, LA accident lawyers at Andress | Inzina, LLC have more than 15 years of experience of working as insurance lawyers, so they understand what it takes to help an injured victim and/or their surviving family obtain the compensation and justice they are seeking for the unfortunate accident that occurred.
 
Therefore, if you would like to get in contact with an attorney today to discuss your recent incident, visit or call Andress | Inzina, LLC at:
 
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Baton Rouge, LA 70801
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