On Christmas Eve, a pregnant teen mom and her 7-month-old son were killed just hours after she got engaged. The Louisiana State Police said that Shelly Mulkey, 19, and her son Ryan McCollum Jr. were in their car when they were struck by driver Jillian Ramsay, 36.
Ramsay was allegedly intoxicated and fleeing another accident she was involved with when she hit the car containing the young mother and child, driven by Ryan McCollum Sr. He had just proposed to Mulkey hours earlier.
"I got a ring out and asked her to marry me. I got on one knee," the grieving McCollum Sr. told the Advocate about the jovial milestone that had happened just hours before the crash. He said he found out just days earlier that Mulkey was pregnant with their second child. It was at that point that he decided to propose to his then-girlfriend.
After Ramsay’s car crashed into the back of the Dodge Stratus that contained the young family, both cars went up in flames.
"It sounded almost like a bomb or something," Kasey Craig, a witness who lived near the crash site told Fox 8. "The whole trailer shook. We came out here and there was these tire tracks right here and where you see that it was just fire. I ran into Hopping Harley's to get a fire extinguisher and I tried to get the fire extinguisher to him as quick as I could. The firefighters they were doing their best but we just couldn't get to them."
The young couple was actually pulled from the car by witnesses as it went up in flames. Their 7-month-old remained in the vehicle.
Ramsay was able to leave her car on her own, having sustained only minor injuries. She now faces vehicular homicide and hit-and-run charges. It is unclear if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time.
Mulkey’s dad, Billy Mulkey, told the Advocate, “That woman is going to have to live with that the rest of her life.”
The Louisiana State Police said in a press release, "The on-scene supervisor and crash scene investigators determined alcohol impairment and speed were the primary elements that led to this crash."
He is grieving the loss of his daughter and grandson Ryan, whom he called “the best baby you ever seen in the world."