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UPDATE: Seven additional arrests in deadly hit-and-run in Eunice

Posted at 11:00 AM, Mar 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-16 13:02:35-04

Eunice police have released the names of the seven additional people arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Eunice earlier this month.

The alleged driver, 18-year-old Phillip Fontenot, was arrested last week and faces a felony charge in the death of 60-year-old William “Billy” Heinen.

Five passengers were each arrested as principals to the crime because, according to police, they failed to report the crash or render aid.

  • Andre Winston Husers, 20, Lake Charles
  • Kamryn Lafleur, 18, Ville Platte
  • Adelaide Ann Pitre, 19, Ville Platte
  • Nicholas Paul Seilhan, 22, Lake Charles
  • James Patrick Ward, 20, Eunice

The parents of the alleged driver were also arrested.

  • Phillip Dwayne Fontenot , 49, Eunice
  • Leslie Vidrine Fontenot, 49, Eunice

They were both booked on accessory after the fact to felony hit-and-run.


Published on March 15, 2019

Seven more people have been arrested in connection with a deadly hit-and-run in Eunice.

Phillip Fontenot
Phillip Fontenot

The alleged driver, 18-year-old Phillip Fontenot, was arrested last week and faces a felony charge in connection with the death of William “Billy” Heinen.

Now, five passengers in the vehicle with Fontenot and his parents are facing charges. Police have not yet disclosed their names.

Chief Randy Fontenot says they knew about the crash and failed to report it.

The five passengers, ranging in ages of 18 and 20, were arrested on charges of principle to felony hit-and-run. The parents were each arrested on a charge of accessory after the fact (felony).

This is a developing story, and we’ll provide more details as they become available.


Published on March 8, 2019

An 18-year-old is in custody following a fatal hit-and-run involving a pedestrian last week.

Phillip H. Fontenot, of Eunice, was arrested today for hit-and-run with a fatality, which makes the charge a felony. Chief Randy Fontenot says the penalty for this offense carries a fine of up to $5,000 and a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

The incident happened near the intersection of W Maple Avenue and Jelks Street the evening of March 1.

Sixty-year-old William “Billy” Heinen was killed.

The investigation remains ongoing.