Escambia Man Gets 30 Year Sentence For DUI Manslaughter

August 21, 2019

An Escambia County man has been sentenced to 30 years in state prison for the death of two passengers in his vehicle last year not far the the Walmart in Ensley.

Jamie Ty Hamrick, now 29, was convicted of DUI manslaughter. He was  driving south on North Palafox Street at Sharmon Street when his Honda Civic ran off the road, collided with a ditch, became airborne, hit a fence and overturned into a large oak tree about 2:50 a.m.on September 27, 2018.

Passengers La’Phontae DeWayne Lewis, 25, and Antion Wade Lindsay, 32, were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased. Hamrick was not injured.

Prosecutors said Hamrick was under the influence of alcohol, Xanax and marijuana. He had a blood alcohol level of .155, nearly twice the legal limit.


9 Responses to “Escambia Man Gets 30 Year Sentence For DUI Manslaughter”

  1. Atmore on August 22nd, 2019 10:56 am


    The point is they could have choose not to get in the car with this person same as you or me if you were stuck by the road or broke and someone offers you a ride you have the choose to take it or pass it up

  2. WORRIED RESIDENT on August 22nd, 2019 3:26 am

    I’m sorry for the passengers’ families loss.

    @ Atmore, @ Rasheed
    How much more can you pay, other than death. All that other could have been left without being said.

  3. Rasheed Jackson on August 21st, 2019 9:08 pm

    @SHELL, No and neither would you. I have intervened in situations like this in the past only to find myself being questioned by police officers and accused of assault, on two occasions where I stopped a boyfriend from beating his girl, I was cuseed out by the women that were being beaten. Once the boyfriend tried to run me off the road with his car. Where children were involved I was accused of meddling and the kids were told I was trying to destroy their family. So to answer your question again no, I have learned to avoid the conflict. But I will be monitoring the local papers and news outlets looking for your heroics. I am sure your actions will reported.

  4. Shell on August 21st, 2019 1:22 pm

    I’m curious if those who with him and lost their lives were also under the influence. Either way they all made a choice to get in the car that night/morning with a person who was under the influence and bear some responsibility.

    @Rasheed, did you intervene in some way for the sake of those children at the creek?

  5. Rasheed Jackson on August 21st, 2019 12:48 pm

    Atmore, I was thinking the same thing but can’t totally agree. He should be locked up for endangering the lives of the innocent people that were on the road that night whether he hit them or not, and 30 years sounds a little lenient to me, 50 sounds better.
    The people that willfully got into the car with him should share the responsibility. Their blood alcohol should have been tested as well and if they were under the influence then no harm no foul , against them. Had they hit another car and injured innocent people then they all should be held responsible. If you are drunk in a car with a drunk driving then you should be considered an accomplice to the crime. If you are riding in a car being driven by a person under the influence and you are under the influence then you are just as guilty as the driver. If he gets pulled over then everyone in the car should be charged with DUI.
    I have absolutely no tolerance or sympathy for people who drive while under the influence.
    I watched a group of young adults this weekend, at a local creek, get sloppy drunk then load their kids up and drive home. Their kids need to be taken away from them and they need a few years of jail time, like 50 maybe.

  6. Wise Years on August 21st, 2019 11:38 am

    SEAT BELTS would possibly have saved them. This drunk probably had his belt on.

  7. Sunny on August 21st, 2019 11:30 am

    Five days prior to this accident, Hamrick was arrested for a DUI.

    DUI’s can be a hard lesson to learn since people can’t quit the partying.

    Seatbelts save lives. Drivers need to be more responsible in making certain that

    every passenger wear his/her seatbelt. New Hampshire is the lone holdout with

    no seatbelt laws ——- Live Free Or Die !

    I’m all for new car safety devices not allowing a car to move without all seat belts

    fastened when someone is sitting in the seat.

  8. Atmore on August 21st, 2019 10:00 am

    I am sorry for the families that loss their love ones. But they were grown and made the choice to get in that car with this man knowing he was drinking and doing what ever. So therefore this man shouldn’t have to pay the price with his life. Now if he had hit another vehicle and killed someone that would be another story but them choosing to ride that was their choose …..JMO

  9. tim on August 21st, 2019 9:56 am

    With any luck you will be about 60 years old when you see freedom again.

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