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Jan 4, 2010 6:51 PM by Kate Mundy

Hit and Run Driver Arrested

An anonymous tip leads Breaux Bridge Police to a hit and run suspect. Monday morning police arrested 49-year old Sidney Sylvester, who admitted to driving away in a panic. He's charged with negligent homicide and hit and run.

Monday afternoon, family members of Robin Hinrichs made plans for his funeral. The 53-year old father of four is remembered as an easy going guy, who'd give you the shirt off his back on a cold day.

He was lovingly known as "Pop the Top Rob," "Fro" or "Bush." "Hair, that was his love, his hair," said his wife Marlene Hinrichs. He had that hair as far back as his son Robin can remember. But his family will never see that hair again, not even at his funeral. He will have a closed casket, due to the condition of his body.

Breaux Bridge Police Det. Raymond Callais said Hinrichs was hit by a Ford F150 truck while trying to cross the street in front of Bridge Bar on Mills Street. He was then hit by a second truck and dragged down the street. "He got caught underneath the cargo of the vehicle and was possibly drug about a block," said Callais.

"How would you not stop knowing that you hit somebody you know? if he would've stopped my Dad probably wouldn't have been dragged," said Robin.

With an arrest now made, the family is trying to imagine life without "Fro." His son doesn't think he'll ever get used to the idea of putting up metal buildings without his dad by his side. "It'll be hard not being able to see him while I'm working," said Robin.

Family members will say their final goodbyes on Thursday. Pellerin Funeral Home is making the arrangements.

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