A Louisiana woman and her infant son were killed on Christmas Eve by a suspected drunk driver.
Shelly Mulkey, 19, was returning home from a holiday party with her fiance, Ryan McCollum Sr., 24, and their 7-month-old son, Ryan, when she was rear-ended by 36-year-old Jillian Pamela Ramsey, The Advocate reported.
Police said Ramsey was drunk at the time of the incident, and was attempting to flee from a previous crash when she hit Shelly's 2005 Dodge Stratus. Both vehicles burst into flames soon after.
Passersby pulled Shelly and McCollum from the vehicle and performed CPR on Shelly. The baby remained in the car. Baby Ryan and Shelly were both pronounced dead on the scene.
McCollum was rushed to a local hospital and treated for burns to his face and ears, along with injuries to his leg. Ramsey only suffered minor injuries, and was arrested on two counts of vehicular homicide, hit and run, and careless operation.
Shelly's death came shortly after McCollum popped the question. McCollum said the marriage proposal was his Christmas present to the mother of his child.
"I got a ring out and asked her to marry me. I got on one knee," McCollum told The Advocate. Shelly said yes.
The couple had been dating for four years and were expecting their second child at the time of the fatal crash.
"She was an awesome mama and an awesome friend," McCollum said of Shelly. "I just want to hold them both in my arms again so bad."
Shelly's father, Billy Mulkey, said his daughter was smart, outgoing and generous to her family. He recalled watching her enjoy raising rabbits, goats and guinea pigs as a child.
Billy said he last saw Shelly on Christmas Eve and had gifted her a Daisy BB gun as a joke. He added that the infant child was "the best baby you ever seen in the world."
"I don't care if he had a fever of 101. If you look at him and smile, he’s going to start smiling and laughing and jumping around," Billy said.
Billy said that while he feels bad for Ramsey, he wants to see her prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
"That's three lives she took from me," Billy said. "That woman is going to have to live with that the rest of her life."
Shelly's Facebook profile featured numerous pictures of her family. Her bio read, "live life to the fullest, tomorrow is never promised," according to the New York Post.