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NOPD plans memorial for officer killed by suspected drunk driver

NOPD Officer Natasha Hunter, 31 NOPD Officer Natasha Hunter, 31
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The New Orleans Police Department is remembering one of it’s officers this morning after she was killed by a suspected drunk driver.

Officers plan to honor Natasha Hunter with a memorial scheduled for 7 p.m. at police headquarters.

Her colleagues are coming to grips with the death of the 31-year-old officer.

The 11-year veteran died yesterday from injuries suffered Sunday morning in an accident on I-10 east at Esplanade Avenue.

Police say Chau Thai Nguyen, 33, drove into the back of Hunter’s unit as she was helping divert traffic after a multi-vehicle accident.

According to the NOPD, Ngyuen admitted to drinking at a casino earlier in the evening and that officers smelled alcohol on his breath.

Ngyuen, a pharmacy student at Xavier University, first appeared in magistrate court last night.

He faces charges of vehicular homicide and reckless operation of a vehicle. His bond is set at $! million.

Ngyuen's next court appearance is scheduled for June 21st.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu calls Hunter's death a tragedy.

“It's really just a tragic situation for everybody in the city and for officer Hunter and her family,” Landrieu said.

Hunter leaves behind a five-year-old daughter.

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