Jun 182014
 

After a woman told investigators last week that a SUV driver beckoned her to cross Magazine Street and then ran her down as she was doing so, New Orleans police say newly-obtained video shows the vehicle passing her without incident and her falling on the sidewalk of her own accord.

The woman initially told police that she was waiting to cross in the 2000 block of Magazine Street on the evening of June 5 when an SUV driver gestured for her to cross in front of him, police said last week. As she stepped into the street, the woman said, the SUV accelerated and hit her, then stopped so a passenger could say “Ha ha, bitch,” before fleeing, police said. An ambulance took her to the hospital for treatment for her injuries after the incident.

Surveillance video from Juan’s Flying Burrito did not show the woman crossing the street, but briefly showed a vehicle that matched her description driving past a moment later, police said at the time. Investigators deemed the incident an “aggravated battery” because of her account that the vehicle hit her intentionally, and asked other business owners nearby to review their own video for a clearer view of the incident.

This week, a nearby businessman found footage on his system that appears to fill in the gap, investigators said. In the second video, the woman (apparently wearing a pink or light-colored shirt), steps off the curb in front of Juan’s and steps onto Magazine Street. She waits as several cars pass, and then, as a clearing opens, she begins walking across, the video shows.

An SUV does approach, and she walks in front of it to the opposite sidewalk, and the SUV then passes after she steps out of the street, the video shows. The woman then suddenly falls down onto the sidewalk, but the SUV has already moved down the street, the video shows.

“There’s no car involved in this at all,” said Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy after viewing the video. “It didn’t happen. It’s indisputable that it didn’t happen.”

Now that they have seen the second video, investigators have not been able to reach the woman again, so it is unclear why she told them she had been hit by the SUV, Bardy said. She may have even believed it herself, Bardy said, so it is unclear whether charging her with making a false police report (defined under Louisiana law as a form of criminal mischief) would be appropriate. The cruel comment she heard, investigators say, may have simply been from an onlooker who saw her fall.

“She may have believed at the time she was in fact hit, when she in fact was not,” said Sixth District Sgt. Daniel Scanlan.

Business owners, however, are frustrated now at the negative publicity surrounding the lower section of Magazine Street over an incident that never occurred.

“When I first heard about it, it sounded pretty horrifying, so I’m glad to hear it didn’t happen that way,” said Jud Houston, manager of Juan’s Flying Burrito. “I don’t understand why she was claiming that it happened. There was no way anybody hit her, and I think that’s pretty clear from the video.”

Video production associated with this report was produced with the assistance of our partners at WWL-TV.

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  • Wilfred Esteves

    Hmm, I wonder why she’s reporting she got hit. Oh! I know why! She wants free money! That’s how it is everywhere. Since she got caught in her lie she won’t appear again. I hope they charge her for false report.

    • Biff Sarin

      What I don’t get is Sgt. Scanlan’s comment “She may have believed at the time she was in fact hit, when she in fact was not,”. It seems like he is defending her.

      By the time the SUV passed, she was already standing next to the parked car on the far side. That means that an entire empty traffic lane separated her from the SUV. Unless this woman has a mental illness of some sort (other than pathological lying), then she is guilty of making false accusations which, barring this exculpatory video, could have seriously jammed up the innocent driver. And all so that this worthless woman could defraud the driver’s insurance company of some ‘free’ money.

  • broadmoorer

    Is it bad that that video made me laugh?

    • ultimateliberal

      And she wasn’t even hurt badly enough for the other pedestrians to have any concern for her “injury.”

    • pookiee68

      Not at all, at least 8 of us agree.

  • ultimateliberal

    And she was crossing illegally! Jay-walking!

  • Mike Flood

    She needs to think about karma.

  • boathead12

    What a loser. Give her a bus ticket to Kenna.

  • http://www.brottworks.com/ Andy Brott

    Now how to get this to Jimmy Kimmel? Way too funny…

  • Debra Hopkins

    Oh, good grief, she knew she hadn’t been hit. I’d been interested in knowing her blood alcohol level.

  • http://norskgoy.wordpress.com/ AndersJonsen-norskgoy

    Women never lies, and are allways a victim of the patriarchy.

    • laverne

      This is what happens with the mental
      hospitals closing!!…….and people just like her are
      walking aimlessly all over town, another set of high risk
      people!!……yikes!!