By Daniel Elizondo
A Silsbee man was killed instantly when he and the lawnmower he was riding while crossing Highway 96 bypass, was struck by a car on Tuesday at around 2:11 p.m.
Silsbee police confirmed the identity of the man as Walter Lee Odell, 73.
According to witnesses in the area, Odell was at a convenience store on Highway 96 bypass near the Knupple Road intersection and proceeded to cross the highway back to Knupple Road.
“We were directly behind the car that hit him,” one woman said. “We stopped immediately to help, but there was nothing we could do.”
According to Silsbee police reports, a 2009 Cadillac sedan was northbound along the bypass and struck the mower in the inside lane of the highway.