Posted: Sep 6, 2012 6:49 PM by Erin Steuber
Updated: Sep 6, 2012 9:13 PM
"You know, I want to shut down, naturally you would like to just shut down and not have to deal with none of this," said hit-and-run victim Ruston Bourque. "But I gotta go on, I have to, Amy wouldn't want it any other way."
The Gueydan Duck Festival is offering a reward for information in the deadly hit-and-run that happened nearly two weeks ago, August 25.
As you recall, 40-year-old Amy Breaux and her fiance, Ruston Bourque, were leaving the duck festival when they were hit suddenly by an oncoming car. Amy died days later from her injuries, Ruston is still in the hospital, he's had four surgeries on his legs.
Now, the association is hoping the reward will encourage anyone with information to step forward. The Gueydan Duck Festival Association placed $2,500 into a fund at the Bank of Gueydan, anyone wishing to contribute can contact the bank to donate to what they are calling, "The Breaux, Bourque Fund." The association is hoping the reward grows generously.
"We voted last night to start the fund at $2,500, donated by the duck festival," said Gueydan Duck Festival President Ronnie Lognon. "We have several people that have shown interest in contributing to the fund, and I think it will quickly grow."
Lognon says the association will do all it can for the family. He hopes the fund will make a difference, and someone with information finally steps forward.
"Members starting calling each other, trying to figure out a way we could help, and that was one of the first things that came up, that we could do something like this, we could start a reward fund," said Lognon.
Survivor, Ruston Bourque, has remained in the hospital since the accident, undergoing four surgeries to repair severe injuries in his legs. He says he's honored to be part of the Gueydan community, where volunteers are taking it upon themselves to help bring closure to this case.
"It's so warm, it feels so warm, to have so many people care so much that they are willing to do something for you, you know, they care, they genuinely care," said Bourque. "Erin, you have no idea how that feels. It's the most warming feeling you could ever feel, even in my worst tragedy."
Bourque says the reality of what has happened is only beginning to hit him, and now with the reward established he hopes someone turns themselves in.
"I would like for them to be at peace too, and the only way to be at peace is to let this come out," said Bourque. "I really do, because it's really tragic, and I know it wasn't intentional. I know for a fact it wasn't intentional, there's no way it could have been intentional."
Ruston says he could go home as early as tomorrow. He is facing several months of physical therapy. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Louisiana State Police at 337-262-5880.
The Gueydan Duck Festival Association says it is considering making changes to security for next year's festival, to include the addition of a new parking lot on festival grounds.