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Police probe N.O. East traffic death as hit-and-run


NOPD is investigating a traffic fatality Sunday morning as a hit-and-run crime.

FOX 8 News received this press release from NOPD Tuesday afternoon:

The New Orleans Police Department's Fatality Section is asking for your help in locating the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit and run fatality that left a 36-year-old man dead and a 44-year-old man injured.  The incident occurred early Sunday morning on the I-10 eastbound near the Michoud Boulevard exit.  

Through further investigation, it was revealed that the vehicle the victims were traveling in was struck in the rear passenger bumper area by possibly a light colored truck or SUV causing the vehicle to lose control.  The vehicle subsequently struck a guardrail and flipped multiple times resulting in the driver to be ejected and the passenger trapped inside.  The passenger was pronounced dead on the scene and the driver was transported to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition.  

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Fatality Investigator Anthony Pontiff at 658-6237 or Crimestoppers at 822-1111.  

Citizens with information that can help solve these crimes are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.  You could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s).  You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org 

Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.

An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.

Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender. 

The New Orleans Police Department, under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, is engaged in a complete transformation in its approach to ensuring that New Orleans is a safer place to live, work and visit.  The police force, which currently employs dedicated men and women, is committed to transparency, accountability, collaboration and integrity.  

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