The victim — later identified as 54-year-old Jerry Carter — was crossing the downtown-bound lanes of South Claiborne Avenue near Amelia Street around 8 p.m. when he was struck by a dark gray Chevrolet Avalanche, according to a NOPD news release. The Avalanche did not stop and turned in a lake-bound direction on Louisiana Avenue Parkway, and the victim died on the way to the hospital, the release states.
The Avalanche may have damage to its front end, police say.
The crash remains under investigation, with blood-alcohol tests and an autopsy pending, the release states.
The investigation is being led by Anthony Pontiff of the NOPD Fatality Unit, who can be reached at 658-6237. To leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward, call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.