Top row, from left, Adelaide Pitre, Andre Husers and James Ward. Center row, from left, are Nicholas Seilhanj, Kamryn Lafleur and Phillip Fontenot.
Bottom row, from left, Phillip D. Fontenot and Leslie Fontenot.
8 now arrested in fatal hit and run
Seven more people, including the parents of the driver, have been arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run incident on March 1, according to Eunice Police.
Arrested Friday for accessary after the fact to hit and run driving were Phillip Dwayne Fontenot, 54, and Leslie Vidrine Fontenot, 49, both of the 100 block of Justice Lane, police report. Bail was set at $7,500 each.
Their son, Phillip H. Fontenot, 18, of Eunice, was arrested on March 8 for hit and run involving a fatality, which is a felony. The penalty for conviction on this offense carries a fine of up to $5,000 and a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
The incident at about 11 p.m. at West Maple Avenue and Jelks Street claimed the life of William “Billy” Heinen, 60, of Eunice.
Five others were charged with principal to hit and run driving on Friday. Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot said they were passengers in the vehicle. They are:
— Kamryn Lafleur, 18, 300 block of Attles Road, Ville Platte.
— James Patrick Thomas Ward, 20, 1600 block of Tiger Lane, Eunice.
— Nicholas Paul Seilhan, 22, 2300 block of Ridgewood Drive, Lake Charles.
— Adelaide Ann Pitre, 19, 200 block of Ellis Drive, Ville Platte.
— Andre Winston Husers, 20, 2300 block of Ridgewood Drive, Lake Charles.
Bail was set at $7,500 for each of those charged.
In news release on Philip Fontenot’s arrest, the Eunice police chief stated, “Evidence at the scene indicates the victim was struck by and/or run over by a vehicle. No vehicles were at the scene when officers arrived. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.”