Bayou Region Crime Stoppers is now offering a reward up to $2,500.00 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in a hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of Derek J. Rivere on September 8, 2011. A $1,500.00 donation was made to Crime Stoppers by Dereks father Terrence in the hopes that someone will come forward with new information in the case.
Terence Rivere said the money was raised during a recent softball tournament in Picayune, Mississippi. Custom t-shirts with Dereks name on the back along with his Northwest Covington Volunteer Fire Department Number (#22) were also sold to help raise funds. The front of the shirt reads, Pushing for Justice, and features a modified fire department logo along with the U.S. Army logo, due to Dereks service with them.
Derek Rivere, a 23-year-old from Mount Olive, Mississippi, was killed in the early morning hours of September 8, 2011 while walking on LA Highway 1 near Lafourche Crossing, just south of Thibodaux. It is believed that Rivere was initially struck by a vehicle around 2:30 A.M., and he was lying in the southbound lane of LA-1. Then a man driving a second vehicle saw Rivere, attempted to avoid him, but partially struck Riveres lower extremities. The driver of that second vehicle was Warren Hebert Jr. of Raceland. Hebert and another witness stopped and attempted to warn other motorists about the crash to no avail. Two other unknown vehicles also struck Rivere and continued southbound on LA-1. Rivere had sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. No charges were filed against Hebert.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Bayou Region Crime Stoppers at 1-800-743-7433 or by texting GIVEATIP plus your message to 274637. Information can also be submitted online at http://www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward, now as much as $2,500.00 in cash, if the information given leads to an arrest.