Questions raised about New Year's Eve accident

An image from the scene of the collision on Decatur Street
An image from the scene of the collision on Decatur Street

New Orleans, La. - Bret Matherne witnessed the accident involving his friend Amanda Piglia on Decatur Street.  They were celebrating New Year's Eve in the French Quarter when their fun came to a screeching halt.

"It looked like a rag doll. She got flung so far down the street that the other car had no chance of reacting to it," says Matherne.

Piglia was hit by two cars as she and Matherne crossed Decatur Street on foot.  The first vehicle hit her so hard that she was thrown into oncoming traffic on the opposite side of the street and then struck again.

"She won't walk for another six weeks because of a shattered pelvis. She also had a lacerated liver, spleen and bladder," says Theresa Piglia.

Since the accident, Amanda's family has been desperate for answers.

"We were told by the people who were with her that night, as well as people who contacted us on Facebook, that the lady who hit Amanda and Bret had left the scene of the accident," says Piglia.

NOPD, though, maintained from the beginning of its investigation that the driver did not leave the scene of the accident.

"Since then, the police report has come out and now it's caused more questions than answers," says Piglia.

FOX 8 obtained a copy of the police report.  It identifies 27-year-old Olga Petrova as the woman was behind the wheel of the car that hit Amanda.

Under "Driver's License Number," it lists "none."

"My biggest concern is that the lady that allegedly hit Amanda had no driver's license," says Piglia.

The report also states that a Sergeant Hunter spoke with the operator of Vehicle 1 to ascertain whether or not she was impaired.  The report reads, "She was absent and odor [sic] of alcohol and she added that she had not been drinking."

"They did not do a blood alcohol content on the driver and that's confusing to me, especially being on New Year's Eve at 4:00 a.m. You would think that they would have taken some time to do a complete investigation," says Piglia.

Two days after the accident, on January 3, the report indicates that the officers consulted with someone from the City Attorney's Office and it was determined that no citation would be issued in the accident.

FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti points out the officer was not required to issue a citation or give a blood alcohol test on the scene.

"It's a discretionary thing, but usually it does occur. It was not filled out on the form so the lady may have had a license -- I don't know that, and I'm not sure what went on that night," says Raspanti.

Amanda's mother Theresa is also an attorney. She's convinced that the NOPD's investigation should have been done differently.

"I've never seen a police report quite like that and I've been reading police reports for about 20 years. It's a very disturbing police report to say the least," says Piglia.

Piglia says she plans to file a civil lawsuit in this case.