Posted: Aug 30, 2011 6:17 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Aug 30, 2011 6:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- A man nearly lost his legs after he was crushed by a car that drove into his home on North Acadian Thruway last week. Baton Rouge Police say a drunk driver was behind the wheel.
Police arrested 34-year-old Marcus Hayes after they say he crashed into the home, hitting 37-year-old Joell Leggins who was sitting on the front porch.
Leggins was rushed to the hospital with life threatening injuries. Family members told News 2 he had surgery on legs this morning, and is slowly recovering.
Neighbors Percy and Patricia Pitts say it was just a matter of time before someone was seriously injured by drivers who speed down their street.
"They really take Acadian Thruway as a drag strip at times," Percy Martin said.
The Pitts plan to organize a petition so the city will install a speed hump or reduce the speed limit on their street.
Family members aren't sure how long Leggins will stay in the hospital, but he will spend his 38-the birthday there tomorrow. Hayes is still behind bars.