Bill Leger


Investigation Continues in Early Morning Fatal Crash

LAFAYETTE PARISH- Troopers are continuing their investigation into the LA Highway 93 crash which claimed the life of William Leger. Troopers determined that two separate crashes occurred at the scene. The first crash occurred when Leger’s vehicle ran off the road, overturned then came to rest in the middle of the road. The second crash occurred when Melancon’s vehicle struck Leger’s vehicle.

Troopers arrested Melancon for DWI after it was determined his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit. Melancon was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for DWI 1st offense.

This crash remains under investigation.

William “Bill” Leger originally from Kinder worked for several years in the Acadiana area in television and radio broadcasting. For the past two decades, Leger has been working in television in the Beaumont area. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, his parents and other relatives.

Beaumont Man Dies in Early Morning Crash

LAFAYETTE PARISH- This morning, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a fatal crash on LA Highway 93 near Gateau Road which claimed the life of a Beaumont man.

According to investigating Troopers, at 1:00 a.m., 48-year-old William Leger of Beaumont was driving a 2012 Jeep south on LA Highway 93. Leger was entering a curve when, for reasons still under investigation, his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway. Leger overcorrected to the left which caused his vehicle to roll-over. Leger’s vehicle came to rest in the northbound lane of LA Highway 93. A short time later 52-year-old Clint Melancon of Carencro, was driving a 1998 Ford north on LA Highway 93 and struck Leger’s vehicle.

Leger sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead by the Lafayette Parish Coroner. Troopers are still working to determine if Leger sustained his injuries prior to, or after, his vehicle was hit by Melancon’s vehicle. Troopers are also trying to determine if Leger was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred. Melancon, who was restrained, sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples have been obtained and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation.

While it is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash, Troopers remind drivers that impaired driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana. Troopers will work closely with other law enforcement agencies this holiday season to locate and remove impaired drivers from the roadway. Have a plan and designate a driver before you decide to drink.

KINDER – Funeral services will be held at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Kinder for Bill Leger, 48, former KATC Channel 3 news anchor in Lafayette and currently the news anchor at KFDM Channel 6 in Beaumont, Texas, who was killed in an automobile accident Saturday morning near Scott. The time for the service was pending at press time.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Leger; daughters, Tatum and Victoria; parents, Stanley and Kathryn Leger; sister, Rita Leger Rush and husband, Jason Rush.

Bill is a graduate of Kinder High School. He attended LSUE and graduated from LSU Baton Rouge with a major in broadcast journalism. He also worked at KSIG in Crowley and KEUN and KJJB in Eunice.

Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Kinder will be in charge of arrangements.

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