KFDM's Bill Leger dies in auto wreck

Bill Leger

KFDM Channel 6 has reported that veteran anchor and news reporter Bill Leger died in an early morning car accident in Louisiana on Saturday, Dec. 22. For more details, including a bio written by Leger himself, visit the link below.


UPDATE: Investigation Continues in Early Morning Fatal Crash

News release from Louisiana State Police

LAFAYETTE PARISH – Troopers are continuing their investigation into the LA Highway 93 crash which claimed the life of William "Bill" Leger.  Troopers determined 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 52-year-old Clint 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.Leger, originally from Kinder, La.. 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. 


Original news release from Louisiana State Police

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 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 rollover.  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.

This crash remains under investigation.