Cops: Drunk driver fleeing crash kills a mother and son

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
December 25, 2017 - 2:09 pm
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Troopers say a woman crashed her car twice on Christmas eve.  The second collision killed a woman and her baby.

"A 19-year-old mother and her 7-month old son were killed in a fiery crash on LA 1065 near the intersection of LA 1064," Louisiana State Police Trooper Dustin Dwight said in a news release. "The at fault driver, 36-year-old Jillian Pamela Ramsay of Loranger, was impaired and fleeing the scene of an earlier crash."

Cops booked Ramsay into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on multiple felony charges.

Dwight says that based on witness statements and evidence gathered at the scene, Troopers determined Ramsay was first involved in a crash on LA 1065 at approximately 8:44 PM on December 24, 2017.

"Ramsay was involved in a crash and fled the scene, continuing north on LA 1065 at a high-rate of speed." 

He says she slammed her car into another vehicle that had just pulled onto the roadway.  That car was driven by 24 year-old Ryan Joseph McCollum Sr. of Tickfaw.

"McCollum’s vehicle was occupied by his fiancée, 19-year-old Shelly Mulkey, and their 7-month-old son Ryan McCollum Jr."

McCollum’s gas tank ruptured and both vehicles caught on fire.  

"Ramsay suffered only minor injuries and was able to exit her vehicle."

Bystanders pulled McCollum and Mulkey, from their vehicle and performed CPR on Mulkey.  

"McCollum’s Stratus quickly became engulfed in flames.  Infant McCollum remained inside the vehicle.  The Tangipahoa Parish Fire Department arrived on the scene and extinguished both fires.  Both Ryan McCollum Jr. and his mother, Shelly Mulkey, were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office."

EMT's took the two drivers to the hospital.

"Blood was drawn from both for toxicological analysis.  Troopers determined Jillian Ramsay was impaired at the time of the crash."

After being release, Ramsay was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on two counts of vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, and careless operation.  

Trooper Dwight said, "Tragically, two completely preventable factors led to this horrific crash.  The on-scene supervisor and crash scene investigators determined alcohol impairment and speed were the primary elements that led to this crash.  The poor decisions/criminal actions of one person has led to devastating consequences for everyone involved."

He says there is nothing more difficult than making death notification on Christmas Eve.  

"That difficulty was magnified with the loss of a child.  Troopers implore Louisiana motorists to make safe decisions behind the wheel.  Please, speak to your loved ones today about the importance of always wearing a seatbelt.  Remind them to never diver impaired.  Point out to the dangers of distracted driving.  The conversation you have could be the difference in a serious crash."

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