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Jan 2, 2010 4:12 PM by Jim Hummel

2 Pedestrians Killed in New Years Incidents

Two pedestrians were killed this New Years holiday in two separate incidents in Acadiana.

The first happened around 8:30 p.m. New Years Eve on Highway 90 in Iberia Parish. 41 year old Jacques Stevens of Jeanerette was killed after being struck by a van while walking on the Lewis Street off ramp from Highway 90 west.

"He was the type of guy who'd give you the shirt off his back, if you [were] ever in a jam, he was the one you could count on to get you out of it," said Stevens' long-time friend Ted Allen.

Family members tell KATC just before the fatal accident, Stevens lost control of his vehicle and ended up off the shoulder on the eastbound side of Highway 90. They believe he was crossing the highway to get to a payphone when he was struck. An avid hunter and fisherman, Stevens leaves behind 6 siblings and countless nieces and nephews.

Toxicology tests are being conducted on both Stevens and the driver of the van that struck him. That driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Stevens' family tells KATC they do not blame the driver for his death, and they have her in their thoughts and prayers.

The second pedestrian was killed on Rees Street in Breaux Bridge just after 12:30 a.m. New Years Day. According to a witness, 53 year old Robin Hinrichs was struck and dragged nearly a mile down the road before the driver of the vehicle even realized what was happening. Hinrichs did not survive.

The accident is still under investigation, it's unclear whether any charges will be filed.

Jim Hummel

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