NOPD officer in 'grave' condition after Sunday highway crash

NOPD officer in 'grave' condition after Sunday highway crash

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police officer Vernell Brown Jr. is in a coma and remains in "grave" condition after he was struck by a car on Sunday, according to our partners at Times Picayune.

Brown, a 17-year veteran officer, was working a crash on U.S. 90 at the I-10 East split with two recruits when the crash happened.

Officers say the recruit driving the marked police car parked in the shoulder lane and Officer Brown exited on the passenger side of the vehicle. While Brown was walking near the guard rail, police say he was struck by Ford Mustang, which first struck a Toyota Scion.

Brown, 47, was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

The 21-year-old woman driving the Scion and the driver of the Mustang both sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The incident was originally reported as a hit and run by NOPD, but officials are now saying that both the 28-year-old man and 21-year-old woman remained on the scene.

Police said they took both drivers in for DWI testing and questioning. Preliminary results show that the male driver did not have any alcohol in his system and the female driver was under the legal limit.

No charges have been filed at this point. The investigation is ongoing.

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