State Police say their road rage eventually killed a former Eunice woman, her three children and another woman in a fiery collision on the evening of March 13.
Troopers alleged road rage led David Leger, 29, of Palmetto and Kelsye Hall, 24, of Baton Rouge to drive dangerously and erratically, ending with Leger’s pickup spinning out of control, crossing the median and hitting Fontenot’s east-bound car head-on.
State Police say Hall, driving a Mercedes SUV, and Leger were involved in some sort of encounter while westbound on the interstate near Highland Road which led to her intentionally preventing Leger from passing her.
That intentional blocking led to Leger’s losing control and hurtling across the highway divide.
Effie “Liz” Fontenot, 29; her children, Keagan Higginbotham, just turned 11; Hunter Johnson, 7; and Austin Fontenot, 3; and Kimberly Stagg, 19, all of Prairieville, died in the resulting collision and fire.
Fontenot was the daughter of Gary and Sue Fontenot, who now live in Dry Prong. Her brother, Gary Fontenot, Jr., was killed on March 15, 2005 when his pickup veered off U.S. 190 in Eunice and struck a tree.
The fathers of two of the children live in Eunice.
Leger and his passenger, Rebecca O’Brien, 28, of Bunkie received life-threatening injuries.
Hall was not hurt.