NOPD investigating fatal hit-and-run on S. Claiborne

NOPD investigating fatal hit-and-run on S. Claiborne

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a fatal vehicle crash Thursday in the 2300 block of South Claiborne Avenue.

Around 2:23 a.m., Sixth District officers responded to a call of a hit and run crash involving a pedestrian being struck.

When officers arrived they found an unresponsive male victim lying on the sidewalk, according to NOPD.

Police say the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Based on witness information, investigators are searching for a dark-colored SUV believed to have been involved in the incident, according to the report. This vehicle would have possible damage to its front end and/or front passenger side, including possible windshield damage.

No further information is available at this time. Investigators are currently in the process of gathering evidence and information to identify the person(s) responsible in this incident. The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office will determine official cause of death and release the victim's name, upon completion of autopsy and notification of family.

Traffic Fatality Investigator Collin Munster is in charge of the ongoing investigation and can be reached at 504-658-6205 with any information regarding this incident. Anyone with information on this incident can also call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.

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