One of the frustrations for victims of hit-and-run accidents is that it can be difficult to get justice from the responsible driver. Police have to find them. One father and son are asking the driver to come forward after an accident, and the police are on the lookout according to WWL. The accident happened last November when a car jumped a curb under the I-10 bridge and hit the victims. They were under the bridge on neutral ground during a football celebration. The son lost his leg in the incident, while his father has had to undergo nine surgeries and is still on crutches. Fortunately, the police have a very good idea who is responsible for the accident thanks to collected evidence. However, the police have been unable to locate the suspect. They have issued a BOLO to find the responsible driver, whose name is Christopher Anders. The father experiences panic attacks when he hears loud car noises now, and his son is eagerly awaiting a prosthetic leg for his birthday. We hope that the police are able to find the suspect so the victims can get closure and possible compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering. If you know the whereabouts of Christopher Anders, please contact the NOPD or Crimestoppers to report it.
New Orleans Hit and Run Accidents News
Hit-and-run accidents aren’t just bad for the victims. They are bad for the person who runs away as well. Running from an accident brings extra charges against you and it also makes it much more likely to be considered the responsible party in a civil lawsuit. WNGO reported on a hit-and-run accident that happened in November. Police are seeking the public’s help in finding the culprit. Christopher Anders was driving recklessly on North Claiborne Avenue. He lost control and went over the median, hitting a father and his four-year-old child. Anders’ truck continued down the road and struck a parked pick-up truck. He then fled on foot. Police have been searching for him since. Both the victims survived and were taken to the hospital. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Anders, the NOPD would like to know. Numbers to call can be found inside the link above to leave a tip. Recovering compensation from a hit-and-run driver can be difficult, but it is possible. Uninsured motorist insurance may also cover hit-and-run drivers depending on your carrier. If you are worried about this kind of accident, check your policy and see if the coverage limits are high enough for your comfort.
It may take time, and it may even be in another state, but the police will do what they can to find hit-and-run drivers. They have arrested a suspect in Texas after hitting a father and a four-year-old boy in New Orleans several months ago. NOLA.com has the story. Police have been hunting for Christopher Anders after an accident in November. The victims were coming home from a post-game party at Claiborne Avenue and Kerlerec Street. They were walking under an I-10 overpass when they were struck by Anders. They were on the median at the time. The victims were taken to the hospital. The suspect crashed their car into a parked truck, then he ran away before the police arrived. They have been hunting since. The U.S. Marshals Service and the Warrant Squad of the NOPD found the suspect in Austin, Texas. The condition of the victims is unknown, but now that police have arrested the suspect we will find out more in the news as the case proceeds. Hopefully the victims can receive compensation as well as justice from the state. Even if a driver runs away, it is still possible to receive compensation from your insurance company. It is usually treated as if an uninsured driver hit you. If the suspect is arrested, the insurance company could try to sue the suspect directly to get the money they paid out.
A tragic case happened earlier this week in the French Quarter that has sent the New Orleans Police on a manhunt for the suspect. WWL reported on what police are considering a murder. The incident happened at St. Louis Street and Bourbon Street. Eighth District officers were notified of a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian. By the time the police arrived, the victim was too far gone to be saved. She died at the scene despite the efforts of police and medical personnel. Further investigation found out that the woman was trying to stop a fight when the suspect backed up intentionally into the victim, then fled the scene hitting another car while she was leaving. That driver is now wanted for murder. Her car will have rear-end damage. If you know anything about this case, contact numbers for the detective in charge and Crimestoppers can be found in the link above. Hit and run crashes usually happen because of fear. A driver gets scared of the consequences and leaves hoping to hide from police. They can also happen due to inattention by the driver, or intoxication. But in some cases, it is an intentional act. We hope that the police are able to find the suspect and bring her to justice.
Bicyclists are required by law to ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic, unlike pedestrians. That’s because they are vehicles and must follow the road rules. However, this can open them up to certain risks, as this news story from NOLA reports. A cyclist was killed at Canal and North Rendon when they were hit from behind by an SUV. He was thrown from his bicycle. The driver fled the scene and the NOPD is looking for them. Police believe it was a late model Jeep Grand Cherokee with damage to the front, windshield, and headlight. If you see such a vehicle, the police have requested that you let them know at 800-537-8185. It is unknown if the rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, but given the age of the rider and the kind of accident, it may not have helped. Cyclists have to use their ears to listen for vehicles behind them. Most do not use mirrors nor would they be easy to use. One way you can stay a little safer as a cyclist is to use a light system. A light that turns on when you brake from behind can warn vehicles behind you.