The Beaumont Police Department says a man driving a riding lawn mower is killed after struck by a pickup truck.
The accident happened around 8p.m. Saturday on the northbound service road of the 8300 block of Eastex Freeway. As officers arrived, they found Vernon H. Boudreaux, 43, of Beaumont deceased at the scene. Boudreaux was originally from Jennings, Louisiana.
Investigators were able to determine that Boudreaux had been driving a riding lawn mower on the service road when he was struck by a 2014 GMC Sierra pickup truck. Police say the lawn mower and Boudreaux came to a rest in the grassy median that separates the service road from the highway. The service road was dark at the time, and the lawn mower had no rear lights and no reflective lenses or markers.
Judge Ken Dollinger pronounced Boudreaux dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy. The investigation is still on going. Investigators have not filed any charges at this time.