New Orleans Saints’ Defensive End, Will Smith, Had Alcohol Level 3 Times Legal Limit

By Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
May 31, 2016 Updated: May 31, 2016

A toxicology report of Will Smith, the New Orleans Saints’ defensive end who was shot and killed after a traffic accident in New Orleans on April 9, placed his blood alcohol content at .24 percent—which is three times Louisiana’s legal limit of .08 percent.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune, citing two sources who wished to remain anonymous, said the report has yet to be made public, speculating that the information may be presented in the June 1 hearing for Cardell Hayes, the 28-year-old man charged with killing Smith.

Hayes was charged with second-degree murder. The 34-year-old, Pro Bowler Smith, who played nine seasons in the NFL, was shot after the driver of a vehicle hit Smith’s SUV, and the driver and Smith exchanged words, police say.

Hayes fatally shot Smith seven times in the back and once in the chest—after a traffic accident in New Orleans. Hayes is also accused of shooting Smith’s wife, Racquel, once, which he faces an attempted second-degree murder charge for.

A police search found a loaded 9 mm handgun inside Smith’s car, said New Orleans police.

Peter Thomson, Smith’s family lawyer, previously said that Will had not been “inebriated to the point” of being unable to drive, according to the Times-Picayune.

Smith was the Saints’ first-round pick in 2004 out of Ohio State. The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder had 67.5 sacks from 2004 through 2012, and started 120 games. His best season came in 2009 when he led the team with 13.5 sacks as New Orleans won their only Super Bowl.