NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Surveillance cameras from a business on Sophie Wright Place captured video of an apparent car crash which took place moments before the shooting death of Will Smith. The former Saints defensive lineman was shot and killed Saturday April 9 after being rear-ended by a man identified by police as 28-year-old Cardell Hayes. Hayes is accused of shooting Smith to death.
In the video, obtained by our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, a white car is seen traveling on Sophie Wright Place towards downtown followed by another car that appears to be a Chevrolet Impala, which police say was occupied by two of Smith's friends.
Shortly afterwards, a vehicle, which appears to be Smith's Mercedes Benz SUV is shown driving by in the same direction with Cardell Hayes' Hummer traveling closely behind. About a block past where the security camera is located it appears that Hayes' Hummer comes to a quick stop after apparently hitting Smith's vehicle, which in turn struck the Impala from behind.
About two minutes later, the camera captured video of two people running away from the scene and hiding behind a parked car. Around 25 seconds later a person is seen running towards the scene. The video then shows the two people who hid behind the car walking back towards the scene.
Six minutes later a white car, which appears to be an unmarked NOPD unit is shown driving towards the scene.
On April 11, FOX 8 obtained surveillance footage from a restaurant on Magazine Street which shows an apparent hit and run between a Mercedes and a Hummer, vehicles police say Smith and Hayes were driving that night. The incident occurred moments before the events shown on Sophie Wright place. In the video, it appears the Hummer is rear ended by the Mercedes Benz SUV.