Moncton Times Moncton, NB
Saturday, September 18th, 1971 pg 3
Probe Of Deaths Likely Buctouche (Special) -
Kent County coroner Dr. P. E. LeBlanc of Buctouche says there will likely be an inquest into the single car crash here Thursday night which claimed the lives of three persons and sent two others to hospital. Dr.LeBlanc said on Friday that he had not received the full particulars on the accident from the RCMP and that he had made no "firm decision". However, he said, "I'm pretty sure an inquest will be held. The coroner had earlier ruled that autopsies were not necessary. Killed in the mishap was the owner and driver of the car Camille LeBlanc, 21, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo LeBlanc of Cocagne, as well as Laurie Leger, 23, and his 21 year-old brother Camille. They were sons of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrille Leger of Cocagne. In hospital in Moncton are Rita Richard, 20, of St. Norbert and a fourth Cogagne resident 20-year-old Maurice Richard. Miss Richard was described by a hospital spokesman as being in fair condition with undetermined injuries, while Mr. Richard to reported to be in satisfactory condition with facial injuries. The Buctouche RCMP reported the mishap occurred around midnight when the LeBlanc vehicle failed to negotiate a long, gradual turn on Route 11 about five miles south of Buctouche. The car went off the road and into a ditch, hit a culvert and flipped over on its roof. The police spokesman said two of the victims were found pinned in the car when help arrived. Both the Legers were fishermen who operated a boat together. Besides their parents they are survived by two brothers Ivan, Cocagne; Valmont, Moncton; seven sisters, Mrs. Bobby Collette (Bernadette), Cocagne; Mrs. Noel LeBlanc (Fernande), Buctouche and Yvette, Janitta, Francine, Annette and Denis, all at home. Mr. LeBlanc was an employee E. P. Melanson Ltd. in Cocagne. Besides his parents, he is survived by three sisters, Mrs.Gerald Allain (Bernice) Toronto; Mrs. Norman Ouellette (Stella), Worcester, Mass. and Claudine LeBlanc, Cocagne. The bodies of all three men are resting at Richard's funeral home in Buctouche. The funeral mass for the three men will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Peter and St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Cocagne. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.