Former Saints lineman Will Smith was far past legally intoxicated when he was killed by gunfire during an altercation following a three-car crash in the Lower Garden District in early April, a source close to the case said Tuesday.
The source confirmed that a toxicology test found Smith’s blood alcohol level at around three times the legal limit of .08 percent the night he was killed, a result first reported Tuesday by Nola.com.
Smith, 34, was driving his Mercedes SUV downriver from Sake Cafe on Magazine Street late on April 9 when security video shows him bumping the back of an orange Hummer H2.
Smith then drove off as the Hummer pulled to the curb. Cardell Hayes, who was at the wheel of the Hummer, then followed for two blocks before hitting the rear of the Mercedes, which then struck a Chevy Impala.
According to witnesses, several people emptied out of the three cars and a loud altercation took place before gunfire erupted on Sophie Wright Place.
Smith was found dead in the driver’s seat, shot eight times, seven in the back. His wife, Racquel, was shot twice, once in each leg.
Hayes, a 28-year-old tow truck driver and semi-pro football player, stayed on the scene and was booked on suspicion of murder. A state grand jury indicted him in late April on various charges.
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