44-year-old man arrested in fatal hit-and-run on highrise

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Posted on December 1, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 6:58 AM

Antwan Harris / Eyewitness News
Email: aharris@wwltv.com | Twitter: @antwanharris

It's been a week since 29-year-old Danielle Rhone and 2-year-old Kaedon Boyd were killed in a tragic accident on the I-10 high-rise.

Police say 44-year-old Ervin Freeman was behind the wheel of the Ford truck that hit Rhone and the child, pushing them off of the highway to the ground below.

Family members said this has not been much of a holiday while coping with the loss of their loved ones.

Ariel Opara said, “It is still very difficult. It is not something you can prepare for so we take each day as it comes."

Police said Freeman was a person of interest and after further questioning, found holes in his version of what happened on the high-rise that weekend.

Detectives tell Eyewitness News, Freeman finally confessed that he was driving the truck that struck both Rhone and Boyd and after the accident left the truck and walked away from the scene.

Now that he has been arrested Opara said a small weight has been lifted, "We are relieved he is off the street and not able to harm anyone else,” she said. “We are quite thankful the NOPD responded as fast as they did."

Opara said a larger burden still lingers though, paying for a funeral.

The bills are steep, but family members tell us they have received much-needed support from the community and plenty of private donations.

Opara said every little bit counts, "This was something thrown at the family and we were not in a position to deal with it. Now we are in a better situation with both local and out of state help responding to our plight."

Freeman is facing several charges including manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.

Freeman has been previously arrested for aggravated arson, issuing worthless checks, and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

 

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