Louisiana Man Charged with Murder for the Death of ALDOT Worker Struck by Vehicle

The Montgomery Police Department has charged a Louisiana man with murder in an October 31, 2017, motor vehicle crash that resulted in the death of Leo Fournier, 62, of Montgomery.

MPD charged James Overstreet, 46, after receiving forensics test results that confirmed that Overstreet, the driver of a Buick Century, was under the influence of an illegal substance at the time of the crash. Overstreet turned himself in to MPD today and was taken to the Montgomery County Detention Facility, where he was being held under a $150,000 bond.

On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at about 11:30 a.m., Montgomery Police and Fire Medics responded to the 4000 block of Atlanta Highway after three pedestrians, members of an ALDOT survey crew, were struck by a vehicle. At the scene they located Fournier, who was transported to Jackson Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead. The two other pedestrians, both adult males, were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the three, Overstreet, was not injured.

MPD’s investigation indicates that the Buick Century was traveling the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Atlanta Highway when it left the roadway and struck the three pedestrians.

MPD’s investigation is continuing, and no further information is available for release at this time.


ALDOT released the following statement on the arrest of James Overstreet:

“We appreciate the efforts of the Montgomery Police Department in the continued investigation and charges related to the loss of life of our employee,” said Alabama Department of Transportation Director John Cooper.  “As we continue to mourn the loss of Mr. Fournier, we note the ongoing danger that our workers face each day and ask drivers to do their part to keep them safe.”

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