NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD is asking for the public's help in finding a person who may own a vehicle with damage to the right front bumper and front fender area.
On Oct. 26 at 7:32 p.m., officers responded to a call of a vehicle crash where a small SUV slammed into a tree and burst into flames. Investigators learned that the vehicle was struck from the rear by a pickup, possibly a red Ford F-150, on Almonaster Avenue near Louisa Street. A police report obtained by our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune said the truck may have been chasing the SUV.
"The red truck struck the victim's vehicle using a pit maneuver spinning the back end of the victim's vehicle around causing it to strike a palm tree and catch on fire," the report states.
A PIT, or Pursuit Intervention Technique, is a maneuver by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.
The force of the collision caused the driver of the SUV to lose control and strike a large palm tree. Upon impact a 4-year-old child was ejected from the SUV and landed in the grass. The vehicle then caught fire and the driver was pulled out of the vehicle by witnesses in the area.
An adult female passenger died on the scene.
The truck fled.
Witnesses described the truck as a red pickup truck similar to the one pictured at left.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked contact Detective Danny Ellis of the New Orleans Police Department Fatality Unit at (504) 658-6208 or Crimestoppers at (504)822-1111.