BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On Friday, Jan. 18, the Louisiana Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a man accused of killing five people in a wreck in Baton Rouge in 2011.
David Leger, 36, of Palmetto, was initially convicted on five counts of vehicular homicide after the fiery wreck, which involved alcohol and road rage. However, his convictions were later reduced in 2017 to negligent homicide. Now, prosecutors are pushing for Leger’s vehicular homicide charges, and prison sentence, to be reinstated.
The wreck happened on I-10 E between Highland Road and Manchac Bayou on Mar. 13, 2011. Louisiana State Police reported Kelsye Hall, 29, of Baton Rouge, was driving an SUV and Leger was driving a pickup truck. Troopers said Hall was driving ahead of Leger on I-10 W and for some distance, they were both driving recklessly.
It’s believed Leger tried to pass Hall, but she wouldn’t let him. Investigators suspect Leger’s truck clipped the front of Hall’s SUV, which sent him across the median. Authorities said the truck collided head-on with the Acura the victims were riding in and the car burst into flames. A bottle of alcohol was found in Leger’s truck. Toxicology results came back showing Leger was legally drunk at .1 percent blood alcohol content. The legal limit is .08 percent.
The victims of the fiery crash are:
- Liz Fontenot, 29
- Kimberly Stagg, 19
- Keagan Fontenot, 11
- Hunter Johnson, 7
- Austin Fontenot, 3
Hall was convicted of five counts of negligent homicide in August of 2013. She was sentenced in October of 2013 to two years in prison for her role in the crash. She was released from prison on July 6, 2014. She is on probation until 2019.