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NOPD admits to errors in Will Smith accident report; passengers ID'd

Surveillance footage of initial accident. (Source: NOPD) Surveillance footage of initial accident. (Source: NOPD)
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When police released the accident report from the night Will Smith was shot and killed, the NOPD admitted there were mistakes in the paperwork.

The police told FOX 8 shortly after the fatal shooting that there were four people inside Smith's Mercedes SUV on April 9. The crash report, however, only listed two people, Smith and his wife, Racquel. The NOPD now says the person listed as the passenger in the Impala on the police report was actually a third person in Smith's SUV. That person is Rebecca Dooley. The report never names a fourth person in Smiths vehicle.

FOX 8 requested that name, but the NOPD has not released it. Instead, attorney Martin Regan confirmed he's representing Rebecca Dooley and her husband, Richard Hernandez. Reagan said both were in the backseat of Smith's SUV on April 9. He said Smith invited the couple out to eat. The couple knew each other as neighbors and friends because their children played sports together, according to Regan.

Reagan said both Dooley and Hernandez are cooperating fully with the police. He said they were victims when Cordell Hayes hit the back of Smith's SUV. He said his clients got out of the vehicle and witnessed Hayes shoot and kill Smith and also shoot Raquel twice. Reagan said the couple maintains that Hayes was the aggressor and is at fault for what happened.

Hayes's attorney, John Fuller, has said his client was not the aggressor and that Hayes and others felt threatened before shots were fired. 

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