Vermilion

Aug 21, 2013 11:48 PM by Erin Steuber

Tragic Hit-and-Run Means Changes to Duck Festival Parking

As the Gueydan Duck Festival gears up to kick off tomorrow, it acts as a tough reminder of a life lost for one Vermilion Parish family. It's been a year, and still no arrests in the death of Amy Breaux. She and her fiance were hit by a car while crossing Highway 14 as they left the festival last year. Breaux died days later. Her fiance, Ruston Bourque, underwent extensive physical therapy. The couple's car was parked along Highway 14.

This year, duck festival officials are paying closer attention to where festival-goers will park.

"As her parents it's like we have a piece of our heart gone," said her mother, Barbara Breaux. "Just knowing that festival is there, and just knowing that's the last time she had a good time, and she was able to talk to people, that's hard on us."

Amy Breaux was a mother, a sister and a daughter, killed leaving the Gueydan Duck Festival she, and her family, attended for years.

"I picked up extra shifts this weekend so I don't have to be around here," said her daughter Lacey Benoit.

Now, in it's 38th year, the tragic hit-and-run accident in 2012 is leading to changes. For the first time the festival is barricading both sides of Highway 14.

"So without anyone parking on the highway, no one should be walking on the highway," said Duck Festival President, Ronnie Lougon. "So we think that's going to improve safety a lot. We're also going to have police vehicles on both sides with lights to try and slow people down."

The hope is most people will park in a 10 acre lot a block away from festival grounds. But Breaux's family says that's not enough. They wanted the highway shut down festival weekend.

"You still have people walking and people passing, so you know you could still go through this tragedy again this year," said her sister Misty Matthews.

Despite a year passing with no leads in the case, the family remains hopeful that one day they will have justice.

"We miss her and we can't replace her. She's gone. We miss those dimples and those pretty blue eyes everyday," said Matthews.

There is a $5,300 dollar reward still available for anyone with information in this case. If you know anything call Gueydan or State Police.

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