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UPDATE: Arrest made in hit-and-run death of bicyclist

Rolan White (Source: OPSO) Rolan White (Source: OPSO)

The NOPD has arrested a man believed to be responsible for a hit-and-run accident that killed a 29-year-old bicyclist Wednesday in Pontchartrain Park. 

Rolan White, 31, was taken into custody after police received a call from a tipster identifying White as the suspect. The person also provided detectives with information on the location of White's vehicle. 

On Wednesday at around 7:30 p.m., the NOPD responded to a call of a bicyclist struck in the 2900 block of Leon C. Simon Drive. EMS transported the victim, later identified as 29-year-old Monique Massey, to a local hospital, where she died.

Based on the initial investigation at the scene, the victim's cousin said she was riding on her bicycle behind the victim headed westbound on Leon C. Simon in the right lane when an SUV with tinted windows struck the victim, causing her to flip over the SUV and fall to the ground.

Another witness tried to catch up to the vehicle, but lost sight of it. Neither witness was able to give information on the license plate or confirm the model of the vehicle. The vehicle was believed to be an SUV with damage to the front passenger bumper, hood and possibly the windshield on the passenger side.

Based on the tip, detectives went to a home in the 5100 block of Painters Street, where they found a vehicle and what appeared to be an attempt to hide the damage.

Detectives found White at the home and, after speaking with detectives, he eventually confessed to be the driver who hit Massey, according to police. White told the officers that he was driving his girlfriend's red 2010 Chevy Traverse and did not see Massey until it was too late. He said he fled the scene out of fear and also revealed that there were three small children in the vehicle at the time of the crash, ages 4, 6 and 9.

White was taken to Central Lock-Up and booked with manslaughter. 

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison credited thorough police work and a partnership with the community for the quick arrest. 

"This is another example of the strong partnership we've built between our officers and our community," Harrison said Chief Harrison. "I want to thank the citizen for providing us with this critical information and for having the confidence in our detectives that we could get the job done. Together, we were able to bring closure to this tragic incident."

Fatality Detective Kevin Thompson is in charge of the ongoing investigation. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the NOPD Fatality Unit at (504) 658-6208.

Citizens with information that can help solve a crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.

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