The Louisiana Supreme Court reinstated a St. Landry Parish man’s vehicular homicide convictions and eight-year prison term in a 2011 alcohol and road rage-related crash that killed five people from Ascension Parish in Baton Rouge.
David Leger was convicted on five counts of vehicular homicide. In 2017, the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal reduced Leger’s convictions to negligent homicide. The court also ordered him resentenced, saying nothing pointed to his intoxication as a contributing factor in the fiery crash.
Witnesses testified Leger and Kelsye Hall were driving recklessly on I-10 West on March 13, 2011, when Leger tried to pass Hall’s SUV on the right shoulder. The two vehicles came into contact, and Leger’s pickup spun out of control and crossed the median.
His truck collided with a car driven by Effie Fontenot of Prairieville on I-10 East between the Highland Road exit and the Bluff Road overpass. Fontenot’s car burst into flames.
Fontenot and her sons, 3-year-old Austin and 11-year-old Keagan Fontenot, and 7-year-old Hunter Johnson, were killed. 19-year-old Kimberly Stagg was also killed while riding in the front seat of the car.
The Louisiana Supreme Court disagreed late Wednesday and reversed the Baton Rouge-based appellate court.