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Vigil held in honor of DWI victim


A vigil was held in Beaumont Wednesday night to honor DWI fatality victim Amber Roussel of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Tuesday marked the 1-year anniversary of the 32-year-old's death.

Family and friends gathered where the accident happened on Interstate 10 near the Martin Luther King Boulevard exit.

Flowers and balloons were left at the accident scene.

Authorities say Derek McBride, the person responsible for Roussel's death, had been drinking at Hooters on Interstate 10 before the crash.

In March, McBride pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission cited Hooters, claiming two waitresses there had over-served alcohol to McBride.

Hooters fired those waitresses and had to pay a $15,000 fine.

Roussel's mother has also sued the restaurant. That lawsuit goes to trial on November 4 in Judge Gary Sanderson's court in Jefferson County.

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