Go Fund Me Created to Benefit Toddler Severely Burned in Vehicle Fire on I-70

Ervin Family

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to assist with medical costs for a 2-year-old girl from Troy who was severely burned in a crash on Interstate 70 in O’Fallon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a Nissan Altima driven by Kristan M. Gunter of Hazelwood was eastbound on I-70 east of Highway K when it hit an object in the road. Also in the car were Stephen M. Rodgers, also of Hazelwood, 8-year-old Levi Ervin, and 2-year-old Paisley Ervin.

A piece of metal struck underneath their vehicle, puncturing the gas tank, and igniting the vehicle,” the Go Fund Me page says.

Rodgers and Gunter, who are the children’s grandparents, sustained moderate injuries while trying to get the toddler out of her car seat. The older child managed to escape without injury. 

The grandparents will need treatment and skin graphing for third-degree burns. 

Paisley suffered third and fourth degree burns over 70 percent of her body. She is in critical but stable condition and has been receiving blood transfusions. 

The chldren’s parents are Eric and Tabetha Ervin of Troy. Eric Ervin has served three tours overseas in the United States Air Force, with plans to depart for his fourth tour of duty in January.

With four hours after the account was created, more than $12,000 had been raised.