NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Another local bicyclist says she was the victim of a hit and run caught on video. This time it happened at the intersection of Crete Street and Esplanade Avenue in Bayou St. John.
According to the victim's attorney, a white Toyota Solara convertible ran a stop sign Tuesday around 6 p.m., hit the cyclist and took off.
"They basically collided and then the car just sped off without stopping and seeing if she was okay or rendering any aid," said the victim's attorney, Charlie Thomas.
The victim was released from the hospital Thursday and is recovering from her injuries.
"She has a couple of broken ribs, she also has a fractured vertebrae in her lower back and then is just generally kind of banged up," said Thomas.
Thomas is also representing bicyclist Rebekah Abernathy. In that case, police arrested Michael Foley Jr. for hitting Abernathy on the morning of Sept. 12 in the 900 block of Magazine Street and then taking off. That crash was also captured on surveillance video. Foley was booked with hit-and-run driving and driving with an expired license.
We spoke with Abernathy earlier this week.
"They didn't stop at all, they didn't even slow down. I have no words to describe how I feel about that, I don't think I have quite processed that part of things yet," said Abernathy.
Nola Social Ride member Bill Katzenmeyer doesn't want the recent incidents to discourage people from riding.
"I really hope that we catch the second driver too, because I think the most powerful message is to catch the drivers that drive away and that way they have to undergo punishment for that, and that's part of the deterrent," Katzenmeyer said.
As for this latest hit and run, Thomas would say this to the person who was behind the wheel: "Turn yourself in. It's making it so much more of a bigger deal that you are on the run and that the police are looking for you."
The NOPD confirms that officers did respond to a hit and run with injury at the intersection of Crete Street and Esplanade Avenue on Tuesday. We're told the case is still under investigation.