MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – A man was sentenced Wednesday to 19 years in prison for his involvement in a 2020 car crash that killed one person and injured two others, including a five-year-old child.
Ernest Brown Jr., now 47, pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular assault and seven counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.
He was charged in September 2021.
The incident happened on August 15, 2020.
According to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, Brown was driving westbound on West Brooks Road at a high rate of speed when he ran a stop sign at Ford Road.
He crashed into another car at the intersection, killing the 24-year-old driver, Kanisha Dandridge.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The front seat passenger, 30-year-old Jordan Campbell, was taken to Methodist University Hospital in critical condition and required emergency surgery.
A five-year-old child, who was sitting in the back seat of the victim’s car, was taken to Lebonheur Children’s Hospital in serious condition.
Investigators say they found 16 ounces of dirt. beer on the floor of the front seat of Brown’s car.
At the time of the accident, he had a suspended driver’s license.
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