BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The second driver charged in what authorities described as a road rage that left five people dead went before a judge Tuesday morning to learn the start date of his trial.
David Leger, 29, of Palmetto, will stand trial on April 28. He faces five counts of vehicular homicide in a fiery crash on I-10 East near Prairieville two years ago that resulted in the deaths of two adults and three children. Investigators said he was drunk during the road rage incident.
Kelsye Hall, 26, of Baton Rouge, was convicted of five counts of negligent homicide in August. She was sentenced in October to two years in prison for her role in the crash.
The crash happened on I-10 East between Highland Road and Manchac Bayou on March 13, 2011, leaving five people from Prairieville dead.
The victims were identified as:
Effie Fontenot, 29
Kimberly Stagg, 19
Keagan Fontenot, 11
Hunter Johnson, 7
Austin Fontenot, 3
Louisiana State Police reported Hall was driving the sport utility vehicle involved in the wreck. Troopers said she was driving ahead of Leger on I-10 West and for some distance, they were both driving recklessly.
It is 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.