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Mother, baby killed by impaired driver in Christmas Eve crash

TICKFAW, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - A 19-year-old mother and 7-month-old baby are dead after a Sunday night crash on LA 1065. 

At the time of the accident, the at fault driver, 36-year-old Jillian Ramsay, was impaired and fleeing the scene of a previous crash. 

According to authorities, Ramsay was driving a Nissan Altima at a high rate of speed northbound on LA 1065. At the same time, authorities said 24-year-old Ryan McCollum Sr. had just entered LA 1065 in his Dodge Stratus. McCollum's car was occupied by his fiance, 19-year-old Shelly Mulkey and their 7-month-old baby Ryan McCollum Jr. 

As Ramsay crossed the intersection of LA 1064, her Altima approached McCollum’s Stratus at a high-rate of speed. Authorities said she swerved slightly to the right and crashed into the rear of McCollum’s vehicle. McCollum’s gas tank was ruptured during the collision, resulting in both vehicles catching fire.  

According to authorities, Ramsay suffered minor injuries and was able to exit her vehicle. Witnesses to the crash scene removed McCollum and Shelly Mulkey from their vehicle and began performing CPR on Mulkey. The baby remained inside of the vehicle. 

Both Ryan McCollum Jr. and Mulkey were pronounced dead at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office.

Blood was drawn from both McCollum Sr. and Ramsay for toxicological analysis. Troopers determined Ramsay was impaired at the time of the crash. She was treated and released from the hospital. After being released from the hospital, Ramsay was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Prison on two counts of vehicular homicide, hit-and-run and careless operation. 

The investigation is ongoing.


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