One man is incarcerated and a youth is dead after a malicious act of violence, police report.
Alexandria “Lexy” Bertrand, 16, of Vidor was severely injured Friday, Feb. 7, when, according to police, Kelvin Lee Roy of Beaumont purposefully crashed his vehicle into a van driven by the teen’s mother in an attempt to kill himself and murder his former girlfriend.
Bertrand later died at a local hospital as the result of her injuries.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner and authored by Vidor Police Detective James Blankenship, Blankenship and other officers responded to reports of a wreck at the intersection of South Main Street and Old Highway 90 in Vidor at approximately 9:43 p.m. on Feb. 7. Witnesses report Lexy Bertrand and her mother April, who was driving a white Honda minivan, were stopped at a traffic signal at the intersection of Main and 90 just over the railroad tracks when a white Mercury Sable driven by Roy accelerated as it was going over the tracks, causing the vehicle to become airborne. The car struck the top of the Bertrands’ minivan, spinning the Honda into the intersection. The impact caused Lexy to be ejected from the van. Witnesses told police Roy’s vehicle continued through the intersection, flipping multiple times.
Officers at the scene of the accident reported finding eight bags of what appeared to be marijuana near Roy’s door and one bag of what appeared to be crack cocaine in the driver’s side floorboard of his vehicle.
Following the accident, Lexy, her mother and Roy were all transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont for treatment of their injuries. Taralynn Brown, Roy’s passenger and ex-girlfriend, was transported to Baptist Hospital in Beaumont for treatment. Brown told police the tragic wreck that stole Lexy Bertrand’s life was no accident, relating to detectives sordid details of Roy’s drug use and his intent to kill on the night of the wreck.
Brown told police she and Roy had been in a relationship until a month prior to that fateful February night. She said Roy still visited her in Beaumont, and on the night of the wreck, she asked him to take her out for food. He agreed, but, according to Brown, began to act strangely like he did when he was high on “dip.” She explained Roy soaked cigarettes in a liquid chemical compound and then smoked them to become intoxicated.
When Roy entered Interstate 10 headed east, Brown told police she asked him, “Where are we going?” Enraged, he responded by telling her to shut up, complete with expletives. Roy increased his speed and began to drive more aggressively at that point, Brown reported, swerving from the north side shoulder to the south side shoulder and almost striking the back of a vehicle ahead of them on the interstate. Roy’s passenger told detectives that she actually rolled down her window, leaned out and screamed for help. Brown said she begged Roy to stop the car and let her out, but he refused. Then, Roy took the Vidor exit from the interstate and headed south on Main Street. Again, Brown begged Roy to stop the car and let her go, to which he reportedly replied, “I’m gonna kill both of us.” Brown told police she could hear the engine rev as Roy accelerated the car and continued to veer from one side of the road to the other. As she saw the upcoming intersection of Main Street and Highway 90 and observed the stopped minivan, she reported that she shouted at Brown, “You’re going to hit the car!” to which Roy repeated the statement, “I’m gonna kill both of us.”
Brown told detectives that is when Roy intentionally collided with the Bertrands’ minivan, an act that ultimately took Lexy Bertrand’s life.
Brown reported that Roy, 32, had a history of family violence and had been violent with her in the past, destroying property within her residence and even assaulting her. In fact, Brown had an active protective order issued against Roy on Dec. 19, 2012. A database search revealed Roy has a long history of criminal activity. He has been arrested for driving while intoxicated, second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, state jail felony level delivery of marijuana, and assault causing bodily injury to a family member and served approximately three years in TDCJ at the Holliday Unit in Huntsville.
Roy is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on the possession of marijuana charge with a $250 bond. The murder charge out of Orange County carries a $1 million bond.
Lexy’s family, community mourn loss of young life
More than 100 friends, family members and other members of the community attended a vigil for Bertrand on Monday, Feb. 10, at the community center in Vidor.
Melody Randel, Lexy’s step-grandmother, expressed her gratitude for the support her family has received from Southeast Texans, but — fighting back tears — also conveyed a desire for justice.
“I do believe it should be murder,” Randel said.
Randel said Lexy, who was an employee at Burger King in Vidor, was kept alive on life support long enough to harvest her organs, adding that it was something the Vidor High School student had decided she wanted to do at the age of 14.
Donations can be made to the Bertrand family for funeral costs through youcaring.com under April Bertrand’s name.
A fundraiser auction, bake sale and raffle will also be held March 9 from 3-8 p.m. at Woods Pavilion, 141 N. Main St. in Vidor.
Word on the street
Sources who know Kelvin Roy said the “dip” he reportedly soaked cigarettes into to get high was embalming fluid, or formaldehyde. Internet research, including information from rumor-debunker Snopes.com, indicates the terms “dip,” “embalming fluid” and “formaldehyde,” when referencing smoking laced cigarettes, are all slang for phencyclidine, or PCP.
In response to a recent Examiner article regarding PCP, readers commented that they “did not even know PCP was still around” and “I had no idea that PCP still even existed.” Police, however, are quite aware of the presence of the drug, and the Orange Police Department has been dealing with it “forever,” according to Captain Cliff Hargrave. In an interview in January, Hargrave said PCP-related incidents are more common than reports indicate. According to him, many PCP users stay inside to use the drug due to its extreme effects, including manic and hallucinogenic effects, but sometimes they are found wandering the streets in a state of confusion. In those cases, the suspects are often charged with public intoxication for being intoxicated on an “unknown substance.”
“It’s been around as long as I’ve been here,” Hargrave said of PCP. “That’s not the kind of drug people normally walk around with in their pocket. It’s a liquid. They usually use little brown bottles, like the dark brown vanilla extract bottles.”
Toxicology results are pending, but as of this report, there was no conclusive evidence Kelvin Roy was intoxicated on “dip” or any other substance at the time of the crash.
Kevin King contributed to this article.