NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The moments after a gruesome and fatal hit-and-run accident were captured on surveillance video. New Orleans police said the victim was struck in the early morning hours of New Year's Day near Decatur and Dumaine streets, then dragged from the French Quarter to the west bank.
The New Orleans Fire Department responded to Decatur and Dumaine after getting a call that a pedestrian had been struck. You'll see from the surveillance video that it was still very busy in the French Quarter even though it was after 3 a.m. on New Year's Day. Fire crews also appeared to get out and look around. But, we now know, the victim's body would be discovered miles away in Algiers just after 3:30 in the morning on the West Bank Expressway near the General DeGaulle off-ramp.
"We have gotten some information from people who gave information that actually matched some of the witnesses'. There were eyewitnesses there at the scene when the individual was struck, and we've certainly got individuals calling and telling us, you know, it could be possibly this car, we saw a damaged car," said Crimestoppers Executive Director Darlene Cusanza.
The NOPD released a picture of the car that they are looking for. It's described as a four-door, black sedan with tinted windows. Witnesses told police they saw that car hit the victim on Decatur at Dumaine, then turn the wrong way down Madison Street.
"If you have any information on somebody who may have, you know, after this amount of time, felt sorry for what they did, may have said something, you know, when the car appeared at their home, just seemed, significant body damage, I would think, you know, we are asking you to come forward with that information. We're also asking for the person, you know, who did this consider turning yourself in at this point," Cusanza said.
Police have not yet identified the man who was hit and killed. Crimestoppers is offering a $2,500 cash reward in this case. If you have any information that can help investigators, give them a call at (504) 822-1111. You can remain anonymous.