A 29-year-old Kirbyville man was killed Jan. 9 when he was struck by a 2007 GMC truck as he crested a hill on F.M. 252 about one mile north of Kirbyville.

According to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis, Derek Smith was traveling in the northbound traffic lane of F.M. 252 when he was hit by the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.


An auto-pedestrian accident in the 8400 block of U.S. 69 in Port Arthur on Feb. 25 at about 10:25 p.m. resulted in the death of 50-year-old Port Arthur resident Lester "LC" Cowart.

According to a news release from PAPD, officers responded to the accident and determined that a person attempting to cross the freeway on foot was struck by a vehicle in the northbound lanes of traffic.