Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Moncla Parade Death

Moncla Parade Death

By Mike Magnoli - Reporter

This weekend we reported that a Mardis Gras accident claimed the life of a teenager in Avoyelles parish.

The Moncla Mardis Gras parade has been a tradition for 22 years, but residents we spoke with tell News Channel 5 the parade has gotten more and more out of control every year.

On Saturday, 16 year old Clay Sayer was pinned between a truck and a float and he died. The victim’s brother was driving: 21 year old Kain Sayer. He was charged with vehicular homicide, careless operation of a vehicle and DWI.

State police report the older brother had been drinking.

Click the video box to hear from residents and two radio DJs who were eyewitnesses to the accident.

And the Sayer boy’s death wasn’t the only accident in Moncla this past weekend. On the same night, at the same parade, a man was thrown from a horse. Ambulances couldn’t get through the crowd to reach him, so he was airlifed to Rapides Regional Medical Center.

At the time of this posting, that victim is still in intensive care.

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