Beaumont news anchor dies in Louisiana accident


Associated Press

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 22 at 8:27 PM

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police are trying to determine whether a southeast Texas television news anchor and reporter was fatally injured when his car flipped over and came to rest on a Louisiana highway, or when it was hit shortly thereafter by another car.

The driver of the second vehicle was later booked with first-offense driving while intoxicated, state police said.

William Leger, 48, of Beaumont, who worked at KFDM-TV, died early Saturday after the 2012 Jeep he was driving ran off Louisiana Highway 93 in Lafayette Parish. State police say Leger overcorrected, causing the Jeep to roll over and come to rest in the northbound lane, where it was struck by another car.

Troopers were trying to determine whether Leger was fatally injured before or after the Jeep was struck. Police said they have arrested the driver of the second vehicle, Clint Melancon, 52, of Carencro, after tests of his blood-alcohol level.

Leger, a native of Kinder, worked for several years in the Acadiana area in television and radio broadcasting.

KFDM said on its website that Leger, who was married and had two daughters, had worked there for about 20 years. The news station said he had reported from the anchor desk and from the field on a variety of stories, including hurricanes and major trials.

"Bill was a caring, compassionate person who enjoyed helping people, touching their lives with his anchoring and reporting, and having a positive influence on the region," the station said on its website. "He did so through his volunteer work with many organizations, for which he gave countless hours of service, as well as his involvement with telethons including the MDA and Children's Miracle Network."

Funeral arrangements were pending.