NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Police hope that newly obtained surveillance video will help them solve a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a 28-year-old tourist in the French Quarter in the early morning hours of New Year's Day.
Police said the driver of a black sedan hit the victim, identified by the Orleans coroner as Joshua Woodruff, at Dumaine and Decatur streets, and then dragged his body over the Crescent City Connection to Algiers - about 6 miles.
The website Omaha.com reports that Woodruff, a Harvard University graduate, was in New Orleans to celebrate New Year's Eve with a friend and was hailing an Uber when he was hit.
"I can't imagine any worse way to die," French Quarter resident Larry Lane said.
The new footage is taken from cameras mounted on Lane's Ursulines Avenue home.
"It took me about five minutes to find it," Lane said.
Lane is the co-founder of SafeCam NOLA. He said he told investigators about the system so that they could contact everyone with cameras along the route they believe the driver took.
"I've got three neighbors on the block I contacted yesterday, and they all said NOPD never contacted them, so it's very frustrating that we've got this device to help NOPD and they're apparently not using it," Lane said.
Other surveillance cameras show the moments immediately after the accident when the car turns onto Madison Street from Decatur going the wrong way against traffic. The video shows people running after the vehicle trying to get it to stop.
Near the area where that happened, some business owners told FOX 8 that they also haven't been asked for their footage. But the NOPD insists that investigators are leaving no stone unturned.
"They checked everything," Lt. Anthony Micheu said. "They're checking everything, they're walking, looking for cameras that they're seeing. They're going off a list, they're knocking on doors."
Micheu said detectives viewed more than 50 videos and seized 11. He admits that finding images with a clear shot of the license plate is difficult, so he he encourages anyone who has yet to be contacted by police, and may have good video of the car, to reach out.
"You can contact Crimestoppers to give us information about a video you may have that could help us with this investigation. We'll take any support from the public they choose," Micheu said.
FOX 8 has confirmed with police that there were eyewitnesses to the accident who are helping investigators. If you can help the NOPD identify a suspect, call (504) 822-1111.