Cops: Driver kills pedestrian, takes off

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
October 18, 2018 - 6:28 am

New Orleans police are looking for whoever ran into and killed a man early this morning, then drove away.

"The NOPD is investigating a fatal vehicle crash that occurred this morning (October 18, 2018) in the 2300 block of South Claiborne Avenue," according to a news release.  "At about 2:23 a.m., Sixth District officers responded to a call of a hit and run vehicle crash with injury involving a pedestrian being struck at the location."

Officers showed up to find an unresponsive male victim lying on the sidewalk and suffering from apparent injuries. 

"The victim was pronounced dead at the scene."

Investigator say they are looking for what witnesses describe as a dark-colored SUV.

"This vehicle would have possible damage to its front end and/or front passenger side, including possible windshield damage."

Police hope evidence at the scene can help them determine more information about the hit and run vehicle and its driver.

"Investigators are currently in the process of gathering evidence and information to identify the person(s) responsible in this incident."

The Orleans Parish Coroner is working to identify the victim.

"Traffic Fatality Investigator Collin Munster is in charge of the ongoing investigation and can be reached at 504-658-6205 with any information regarding this incident. Anyone with information on this incident can also call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP."

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