Criminal charges pending in crash that killed NOPD officer

Criminal charges pending in crash that killed NOPD officer

MARRERO, LA (WVUE) - One man was killed after he was thrown off the West Bank Expressway after a three-car accident in Marrero. It happened around 8 a.m. on Friday.

Jefferson Parish Coroner Gerald Cvitanovich confirmed the victim was an off-duty officer with the New Orleans Police Department.

The NOPD identified him as Tony Mitchell, 45. He joined the NOPD in 1997 and was most recently assigned to the 8th District.

Mitchell was driving a 2001 Ford F150 that began to have technical problems, according to Louisiana State Police. He pulled over on the left shoulder of the westbound lanes near Ames Blvd.

He got out of the truck and began to flag oncoming traffic around his vehicle when a 2012 Honda Civic, driven by Jennifer Williams, 35, stopped her vehicle in the left lane to move into the center lane, police said. A 2011 Chrysler 200, driven by Courtney Slugher, 23, slammed into the car driven by Williams.

The Civic struck Mitchell, who fell 40 feet to the ground level. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Williams and her one-year-old son suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital. Slugher was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Troopers believe the speed of the Chrysler is a factor of the crash. Impairment is not suspected. Criminal charges are pending.

Mitchell left behind a wife and two children. This is the third officer the department has lost this year.

The accident is still under investigation.

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