NOPD names suspect in Marigny road rage attack

Tourist paralyzed after beating in French Quarter

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department has named a suspect in a Marigny beating that left a tourist paralyzed.

Officers say Christopher Smith, 30, is wanted for second-degree battery. He is accused of attacking Doug David, from La Jolla, CA, after he threw a beer can at Smith's car.

The incident happened Oct. 15 around 11 p.m. near the intersection of Frenchman Street and Decatur Street.

David said he was almost hit by a vehicle, so he threw his can of beer at the roof of the car. The driver got out and started to hit David in the face and head, according to police. David was knocked unconscious. All he remembers is waking up and being unable to feel his arms and legs.

The attacker's car was last seen driving on Frenchman Street towards Esplanade Avenue.

The NOPD said they initially responded after they got a call from a witness who reported seeing a man being attacked. That witness said the perpetrator took off in a small, black car with the Louisiana license plate, XQT199.

But police said when the officer arrived 40 minutes later, both the witness and the victim were gone. The incident was marked up unfounded until police say David's family contacted them Monday.

If you have any information about this case, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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