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Relative who witnessed high-rise accident pleads for someone to come forward


NEW ORLEANS - Relatives of a toddler and his aunt who were killed in a hit-and-run accident on the high rise Sunday are pleading with someone to come forward with information about the person who's responsible.

"It was crazy," said Tiffany Edgerson, a relative. "It happened so fast - soon as I got there."

Edgerson said Kelly and Danielle Rhone, along with their three sons, had just left her house early Sunday morning, when Kelly called in a panic- because her car had broken down on the high rise.

"She kept screaming, ‘These cars, they gonna kill me and my babies, they gonna kill me and my babies,'" Edgerson said. "She kept saying that. We jumped in the car immediately and got there."

Edgerson and another relative, Ronkiena Fulton, were not prepared for the chain-reaction crash and the horror they would witness next.

"As soon as Kelly got hit, a car sideswiped a black truck, it hit Danielle and the baby, and they went directly over so fast," Edgerson said.

Kelly broke her leg, but 2-year-old nephew Kaeden Boyd and her 29-year-old sister Danielle fell almost 200 feet off the side of the bridge.

Both died from their injuries.

Police said the driver of the Ford truck left the scene, leaving the truck behind.

"We just want them to come forward," Edgerson said. "They took Danielle. She has a son. My sister lost a son, and for me to see something like that, I've been thru a lot of things. I need counseling now."

Edgerson has not been in contact with the NOPD since the tragedy.

"I felt somebody should have asked us something about what happened, cuz we were on the scene," she said.

The family hopes something will be done to make the high rise safer for drivers who break down.

Kelly Rhone remains hospitalized; her 4-year-old son was unharmed and her other nephew sustained some injuries.

Family members plan to set up a donation fund to help with medical and funeral expenses.

Anyone with information about the accident or who can help police locate the driver of the Ford is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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