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.