VIDEO: Violent Marigny crash shuts down Elysian Fields Avenue

Source: NOLA.com Youtube
Source: NOLA.com Youtube

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Dash cam video in the Marigny shows a terrifying crash that shut down Elysian Fields Avenue. The crash happened Monday night at the intersection of Elysian Fields and St. Claude Avenue.

Joshua Smith was getting ready for bed, when the loud a noise startled him.

"I heard this crazy crash, and I came outside. Friends of mine were also calling me texting me, you gotta come outside!" Smith said.

According to State Police, troopers were trying to stop a vehicle on North Rampart at Frenchman when the driver refused to stop.

The vehicle disregarded a red light on St. Claude and Elysian Fields and struck another vehicle.

The woman in the vehicle that was struck said in the report that her car was t-boned by a dark-colored car that eventually slammed into the pole on the neutral ground.

The car flipped over and burst into flames.

"I saw a car, it looked like it was upright, on fire. Lots of smoke and fire engines, and the white car is on its side," Smith said.

Justin and Brandon Ricetto just came back from a wrestling event to police cars and an ambulance on their street.

"There was the one truck that was flipped over. it was melted completely," Ricetto said.

State Police said the driver fled the vehicle on foot but was later identified as Bickett Theophile, 21.

He was taken into custody and transported to UMC for minor injuries. He was booked into the Orleans Jail.

Theophile was charged with aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer by flight, reckless driving, hit and run, and an active warrant for 2nd-degree battery.

The other driver had minor injuries but refused aid on scene, according to State Police.

"I mean it was pretty shocking just to come back and see all of that. We don't see that kind of stuff form Canada, so it was pretty wild to see," Ricetto said.

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