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December 22, 2012

KFDM's Bill Leger dies in car wreck

PORT ARTHUR — KFDM Channel 6 reported on its website early Saturday morning that its news anchor Leger had died in a traffic accident.

Leger was driving south on Louisiana 93 north of Scott, La., around 1 a.m. Saturday when his 2012 Jeep veered to the right of the roadway as he entered a curve, according to a press release. Leger overcorrected to the left, causing his vehicle to roll over and come to a rest in the northbound lane. Clint Melancon, 52, of Carencro, La., was traveling north on Louisiana 93 in a 1998 Ford when he struck Leger’s vehicle.

The Lafayette Parish Coroner pronounced Leger dead. Louisiana State Police Troop I were still working to determine if Leger was injured before or after Melancon collided with the Jeep. Troopers were also trying to determine if Leger had been wearing a seatbelt.

Melancon, who was wearing a seatbelt, sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

It was unknown whether either driver was impaired, but routine toxicology samples have been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The accident remains under investigation.

“It’s devastating to the whole KFDM family but especially to his wife and daughter,” said David Lowell, KFDM news director. “We’re all grieving right now.”

Leger was a reporter and anchor at KFDM for nearly two decades, covering everything from hurricanes to criminal trials. He conducted numerous investigative reports for which he won several awards, and his “Restaurant Report” aired every Friday.

“What can you say?” Lowell said. “I struggled telling my own crew that this happened because Bill was such a part of this family, this community. It’s a great loss.”

Leger was 48 and is survived by his wife, Patricia (Tecoo); his daughters, Tatum and Tori; his parents, Stanley and Kathryn; and his aunt Rita.

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