The Beaumont Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a potential witness to the fatal accident on Interstate 10 on July 30.
Amber V. Roussel, 31, was hit by the bumper of a truck when she was traveling westbound on I-10 near Pine Street.
Police said they are looking for the driver of a possible late model, black, 4-door, 4×4 pick-up. The vehicle is described to have dark tinted windows, black rims, a large white sticker in the middle of the glass and something white on each side of the truck.
Beaumont Police were told the driver of the vehicle is a male in his mid-20′s early-30′s and he could have key information regarding the accident.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 833-TIPS.
The last text Melba Braud got from her daughter included the line: “You are the greatest mom in the world.”
A few hours after reading those words, Braud received the news that her daughter, Amber V. Roussel, had died in an accident on Interstate 10 in Beaumont.
Roussel, 31, from Louisiana., had dropped her two small children off at Braud’s house in Baton Rouge, La., on Monday and then got on the road with her husband. It was supposed to be a couple’s getaway to Houston.
“She was so excited to spend a couple of days with her husband,” Braud said in an interview at Forest Lawn Funeral Home on Tuesday.
Braud, who traveled to Beaumont to make arrangements to get her daughter’s body back to Louisiana, said her son-in-law, Ryan, told her that a few minutes before the fatal crash he reached for his wife’s hand and told her, “I love you.”
Ryan Roussel, 36, was bringing his wife along on a business trip to Houston.
Just before 4 p.m. Monday, the driver of a white pickup lost control of his vehicle in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10, near Pine Street.
Beaumont police officers said the driver of the truck was driving erratically, causing the truck to go airborne and crash into the concrete divider separating the east and westbound lanes.
The front end of the truck came to rest on the divider and a westbound vehicle struck the “brush guard” style bumper of the truck. The bumper flew into the air, coming to a stop on the front passenger side of Roussel’s red GMC SUV, which was traveling westbound.
Police said Amber Roussel, who was a passenger in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
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