Saturday, May 2, 1992 at 2:40 a.m. Sgt.
Leach was enforcing traffic regula-tions
in Westport, when he and two other men were
hit by a drunk driver, 27 year old Joseph
A. Smith of Platte Woods, Missouri. Sgt.
Leach was standing inside barricades used
frequently to block Westport Road, ensuring
that cars didn't enter the street packed
with pedestrian traffic. The 27 year old
driver was speeding east on Westport Road,
crashed through the barricades hitting the
men, fled the scene, then crashed through
another set of barricades just west of Broadway.
He attempted to flee the scene on foot but
was captured. The driver was not seriously
Leach and another man were pronounced dead
at area hospitals. The third victim sustained
minor injuries. The suspect was charged
with two counts of Second Degree Murder.
Police believe the suspect purposely crashed
through the barricade hitting the men. The
suspect's blood alcohol content at the time
of the crash was .24. He was driving on
a suspended license for a previous D.U.I.
The suspect was convicted of Sergeant Leach's
murder and sent to prison. He was denied
parole in 2004.
Leach is survived by his wife, son and daughter.