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Ervin-Freeman,-JrMembers of the NOPD’s Fatality Section arrested 44-year-old Ervin Freeman, Jr, for the November 24,2013 fatal Hit and Run that claimed the life of 29-year-old Danielle Rhone and 2-year-old Kaedan Boyd.

Fatality Detectives Edgar Edwards and Anthony Pontiff with the assistance of Sergeant Bernard Crowden have been diligently working this case linking evidence to the accident. They were able to identify a “person of interest”. From the evidence gathered they located Ervin Freeman, Jr early yesterday and brought him to the Fatality Compound for questioning. During the interview Freeman gave several conflicting inconsistencies of his account of that night. Freeman finally confessed to detectives that he was driving his 1997 Ford F-150 that struck the victims and immediately after the accident he abandoned the truck and walked away from the scene.

With the facts and circumstances surrounding this investigation Freeman was booked into Central Lockup and charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of Felony Hit and Run.

Freeman has been previously arrested for Aggravated Arson, issuing Worthless Checks, Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License.

The New Orleans Police Department’s Fatality Unit is investigating a hit-and-run car incident that left a 2-year-old and his 29-year-old aunt dead in New Orleans East.  The incident occurred at approximately 1:10 a.m. Sunday on the I-10 Westbound at the High-rise.

Police say 2-year-old Kaedan Boyd died of his injuries hours after the accident on Sunday. His aunt, Danielle Rhone, died on the scene.

Police say their car stalled while traveling Westbound on I-10. Rhone and Boyd exited the vehicle, along with a third person who has not been named.  The driver of a black Chevy Tahoe was struck in the back by the driver of a Ford ruck during the incident.  At some time during the incident, the woman and the baby where struck by one of the cars that remained on the scene or by a vehicle that fled the scene and were thrown over the rail falling to the ground.

The 3 vehicles remained on the scene however the driver of the Ford truck fled the scene.  Detectives believe other vehicles were involved in the incident but fled the scene.  Detectives are looking for one of those vehicles that fled the scene, a white Chevy Suburban unknown license plate with damage to the passenger’s side of the vehicle.

The lead Fatality Investigator is Edgar Edwards and can be contacted at 658-6237.

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