Baton Rouge, LA- A Louisiana man who was convicted of killing five people on a stretch of I-10 in 2013 will get a new trial.
David Leger was convicted of five counts of vehicular manslaughter for the deadly incident, but during his sentencing, his attorneys successfully argued that their client wouldn’t be sentenced fairly because presiding Judge Judy White is running for election to the Baton Rouge District Court, NOLA.com reported.
Leger, even though he was convicted, will get a new trial with a different presiding judge.
Leger was intoxicated that fateful night when he and another motorist got into a disagreement. A classic example of the road rage, Leger, 32, and Kelsey Hall, 25, became engaged in what one witness described as a game of cat and mouse along I-10 in Baton Rouge. The two began racing and cutting each other off, at one point Hall was straddling the center of the roadway to prevent him from passing. Their speeds topped out at 85 mph.
This incident eventually culminated in a tragedy for a family. Leger clipped Hall’s rear-bumper, causing home to lose control of his vehicle and cross the center median into the other lanes of traffic. He then slammed head-on into another vehicle which burst into flames. All passengers burned to death.
Effie Fontenot, 29; and her three children: Keagan Fontenot, 11; Hunter Johnson, 7; Austin Fontenot, 3; along with Effie’s coworker Kimberly Stagg, 19 were all killed in the accident, according to NOLA.com.
Blood tests showed that Leger was just above the legal limit.
His new trial has been transferred to another judge and his five convictions from vehicular homicide have been overturned, NOLA.com reported. Unfortunately, this decision delays justice for the families of the slain victims.
Hall has been tried and was convicted of five counts of negligent homicide. She served 9 months of a two-year sentence, which actually seems lenient considering the horror of the accident.
Road rage has been consistently rising over the past 15 years.  According to a study from AAA, road rage accidents increased 7 percent each year between 1990 and 1996.
We’ve all had a bit of rage on the road at one time or another, maybe yelling and honking at another driver. Or, giving them the middle finger. But few people take it the level same level as Leger and Hall When an enraged harms or kills another motorist, they can be held accountable in civil court.
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