BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – A Baton Rouge man accused of killing five members of a Georgia family pleaded not guilty in court Monday. Louisiana State Police say Dwayne Leggett had been drinking when the truck he was driving ran into the back of an SUV, causing the victims' vehicle to burst into flames.
Leggett, 32, was indicted on five counts of vehicular homicide. The crash happened on Interstate 10 near Siegen Lane just before 2 a.m. on Friday, October 2, 2009. Troopers added blood tests showed Leggett had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
Rito Gomez, 22, was driving the Suburban that was hit on I-10 near Siegen Lane. He was the last of his family members to succumb to injuries sustained in the fiery crash. He died on Oct. 8. Maria Barrios, 54, died around 11:30 the night of the crash. Jacqueline Gomez, 35, and Sonia Gomez-Brionca, 27, died earlier that evening at Baton Rouge General Hospital after suffering burns in the accident. Alondra Brionca, 2, was pronounced dead at the scene.
State District Judge Trudy White appointed the public defender's office to represent Leggett.