According to Tucson News Now, victims’ families waited five years to learn a man’s punishment for a road rage crash that killed five people. After many delays, they finally received the justice they were waiting for.
On August 31, David Leger was sentenced to eight years by Judge Chip Moore for drunk driving and killing five people in a crash on I-10 in 2011.
The crash occurred on I-10 East between Highland Road and Manchac Bayou on March 13, 2011. This crash was the result of a road rage incident between Leger and a woman, Kelsye Hall. Leger was intoxicated, and he and Kelsye chased one another down the interstate.
Leger clipped Hall’s vehicle, lost control, crossed the median, and hit another car head-on. His blood alcohol level was 0.1, which is over the limit of 0.8.
The victims killed were: Liz Fontenot, 29; Kimberly Stagg, 19; Keagan Fontenot, 11; Hunter Johnson, 7; and Austin Fontenot, 3.
Both Hall and Leger were reported by Louisiana State Police driving recklessly for some distance. Troopers mentioned that Hall was driving in front of Leger, and it is believed that Leger tried to pass Hall. However, Hall would not let him pass her.
Investigators suspect that Leger’s truck clipped the front of her SUV and lost control. The truck then slammed head-on into the Acura the victims were riding in, and the car then exploded into flames.
He was able to walk free after his initial conviction in 2014 due to legal issues and calls for a retrial, and in April of this year David Leger’s sentencing was delayed once again. For the family of the victims, Wednesday’s sentencing marks the end of an arduous journey through the complexities of the U.S. justice system.
Hall was also found guilty and sentenced in the crash. She is on probation and parole supervision after serving her prison sentence. She was convicted in August 2013 of five counts of negligent homicide, and she was sentenced in October 2013 to two years in prison. She was then released from prison on July 6, 2014, and will remain on probation until 2019.