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Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office - 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 Derek’s 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 Derek’s 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 Derek’s 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 Rivere’s 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. 

Grieving family who lost son in Lafourche hit-and-run asking for help | wwltv.com New Orleans

Grieving family who lost son in Lafourche hit-and-run asking for help | wwltv.com New Orleans.

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Posted on September 14, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 15 at 1:01 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News

THIBODAUX, La. — A tragic hit and run that took the life of a 23-year-old Mississippi man with family ties to Lafourche Parish remains a mystery.

Louisiana State Police say it happened in the early morning hours of Sept. 8, along La 1 near Thibodaux. Now, one week after Derek Rivere’s death, no one has come forward.

“No matter what time the phone rang, he’d tell you as soon as I can get dressed, I’m coming to help you,” said Terence Rivere, remembering his oldest son.

On Derek’s list of top priorities, family say you’d always find his childhood sweetheart and wife DJ, family and friends — a network of support stretching from Louisiana to Mississippi.

After losing partial hearing during military training and then being honorably discharged from the Army, the 23-year-old decided to seek a better life for himself and DJ.

“Him and his wife were ready to start a family and he knew that he needed insurance, and he knew the best place for insurance would be off-shore,” said Terence about his son’s decision to accept a job with an off-shore company based in Larose, La.

Exactly a week ago, after drinking with buddies at G-Spot, a Thibodaux bar, the young man decided to walk back to company-owned dorms 35 miles away in Larose.

“He had talked to my bouncer and said its more important to be with his family than be here hanging out with his friends,” said bar owner John Arnold.

But Derek never made it back to his destination. Instead, State Police say he was struck by a vehicle in the 2300 block of La 1. The driver never stopped to help.

“It’s a shame that someone can do that, hit somebody and not stop, take responsibility for what they’ve done,” added Arnold, who said excess speed has always been a problem along the busy highway.

State Police say the 23-year-old’s body was hit multiple times by at least three other cars that tried to swerve and avoid him. Good Samaritans stopped their cars and tried to warn other drivers along the dark highway.

However, when emergency responders arrived, it was too late.

The case is under investigation and police are searching for the first driver that hit Derek and left the scene.

“They’re either old enough to have children or they’re old enough to have nieces and nephews. They can look around and see how much they enjoy their family. We enjoy our family just as much, except one is missing and there are no answers for where he’s at today,” said Terence of the person responsible for the hit and run.

While Derek’s family mourns the loss of their husband, brother, and son, his heart broken father offers up this emotional plea.

“Please come forward, please. It may hurt you to know that somebody has done wrong but my family is destroyed,” said Terence, choking back tears.

Derek’s family says LSP is looking into multiple leads and has assigned three new detectives to the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Troop ‘C’ at (985) 857-3680.

*CRIME STOPPERS REWARD*

Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in a Lafourche fatal hit and run. The hit and run happened Sept. 8, along La 1 near Thibodaux in the 2300 block of La. 1. The driver never stopped to help. If you know any information that can help investigators, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-SHERIFF.

Police: Victim hit while walking home | HoumaToday.com

Police: Victim hit while walking home | HoumaToday.com.

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Police: Victim hit while walking home

Published: Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 7:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 11:06 a.m.

The pedestrian killed on La. 1 near Thibodaux early Thursday morning was hit as he walked from a bar to the company-owned dorm that served as his temporary home, a distance of about 35 miles, family and police say.

Derek J. Rivere, 23, of Mount Olive, Miss., was found lying on the 2300 block of La. 1, just south of Lafourche Crossing, at about 3 a.m., State Police said. He was hit and killed by an unidentified driver who remains at large, and three other cars ran over Rivere’s body before officers arrived at the scene.

Police say they believe Rivere was first hit prior to 2:30 a.m.; the specific time remains undetermined.

An autopsy, conducted Thursday night, determined that multiple traumatic injuries caused Rivere’s death, said Mark Goldman, chief investigator for the Lafourche Coroner’s Office. Alcohol and drug tests, required by state law in all fatal crashes, are pending.

Rivere was discovered by two passing motorists, one of who swerved at seeing the body but ran over his legs. That driver, 39-year-old Warren Hebert Jr. of Raceland, will not be charged, police said.

Hebert and Ernest Boudreaux, the other passing motorist, stopped, notified police and tried to divert traffic. Despite their efforts, two additional cars ran over Rivere’s body, police said.

Rivere was in Lafourche Parish to work at Danos and Curole, a Larose-based offshore company. He was staying at the company’s bunkhouse, and went to The G-Spot, a bar on La. 1, after work on Wednesday, authorities said.

Rivere went to the bar with a group of people, but left alone and on foot, police said. He unsuccessfully tried to flag down several cars, police said.

Rivere took the Lafourche job to make the money they needed to start a family, said his wife, D.J. Rivere, 22.

“He went back to work so I could get insurance,” D.J. said.

The couple had been together for nearly 10 years, D.J. said, and married in 2006.

D.J. and Terence Rivere, 46, Derek Rivere’s father, said they talked to Derek on Wednesday night, and each said they asked him why he wasn’t at the bunkhouse.

“I got on his case,” Terence said. “I told him I didn’t send him some money to go to the bar. I told him to get to the bunkhouse.”

D.J. said she talked to Derek as he walked south on La. 1 after leaving the bar. She told him she was upset because he wasn’t in Larose.

Terence Rivere said he moved his family from Lockpock to Mount Olive in the early 1990s because he was able to purchase land there.

Derek started work with Danos and Curole on Sunday, Terence said. It was his second stint with the company; he had been laid off a few years ago, his dad said.

Derek was scheduled to leave Thursday afternoon to go offshore. The trip to Larose was a last-minute decision, and he caught a ride with his godfather to travel the 200 miles.

In Mount Olive, Derek was a volunteer for the Northwest Covington Fire Department, Chief Bruce Shoemaker Sr. said. He served on and off for five years, Shoemaker said, and planned to take classes to further his training.

“At every possible fire, he did what he could to help everybody,” Terence said of his son.

Derek also served in the Army, his father said, but was discharged about two weeks before he was to be deployed to Iraq due to a hearing problem.

“He was going to make a career out of it,” Terence said of his son’s aspirations.

Terence said if he were able to find the motorist that took away his son, he wouldn’t know how to handle himself.

A few weeks ago, Derek and D.J. moved into their own home down the road from Terence’s own, the dad said.

Derek did what he could to provide for family, D.J. said.

“He knew how to work every piece of equipment,” D.J. said. “If he didn’t know, you taught him right there, and he knew from then on.”

The hit-and-run driver remains at large. If you have information, call 857-3680.

Staff Writer Eric Heisig can be reached at 857-2202 oreric.heisig@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @TerrebonneCrime.

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