Jun 112014

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

After the driver of an SUV beckoned a woman onto Magazine Street and then ran over her intentionally last week, investigators are hoping the Magazine Street business community can help them identify the vehicle, New Orleans police said.

The woman left a restaurant in the 2000 block of Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District around 7 p.m. last Thursday (June 5) and stood at the curb, waiting for a gap in the passing traffic so she could cross the street, said NOPD Sgt. Daniel Scanlan at the Wednesday’s weekly meeting of the NOPD Sixth District ranking officers. A silver SUV stopped, and she saw the driver motion with his hand for her to cross, so she stepped forward, Scanlan said.

At that point, the SUV then accelerated and hit the woman, Scanlan said. As it passed her, it stopped briefly for one of the occupants to say “Ha-ha, bitch,” and then drove on, Scanlan said.

The woman required treatment at the hospital for her injuries, Scanlan said. The crime is currently being classified as an aggravated battery — an attack on a person with a deadly weapon.

“In the manner in which it was used, the vehicle was a weapon, no different than a baseball bat,” Scanlan said. “He lured her into the street, and then he hit her.”

The victim didn’t get a good look at the vehicle or its occupants, but it was possibly a SUV similar to a Chevrolet Tahoe, Scanlan said, with three people inside.

One surveillance camera investigators found near the site of the incident only captured a portion of the passing vehicle, not enough to help with its identification, Scanlan said. If any other business owners along that stretch of Magazine have cameras focused on the street, they are asked to review their footage from just before and after 7:02 p.m. June 5 and call the Sixth District at 658-6060 with any information that could be useful.

Anyone else with information can also call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

  • elsbet

    I have to hope the NOPD has actually visited businesses along that stretch and asked them to check their camera footage, and isn’t relying on them seeing an article to do so.

    • Hoot

      yes, businesses were checked for cameras

  • Windi Sebren

    This is why I will never go when drivers wave me across. I wave back and tell them to go ahead. It pisses them off sometimes, but this exact thing, whether intentional or not, is what I wish to avoid as a pedestrian.

  • Keith Daggett

    People gone crazy.

  • Biff Sarin

    Could this be a twisted new version of “the Knockout Game”? Unbelievable!

  • boathead12

    This should be prosecuted as a hate crime.

    • heckraiser

      The woman lied and blamed a driver who did nothing wrong. Why? Was it a hate crime against the driver?

      • boathead12

        LOL, yeah, it might be that. I’m glad this was not a new twist on the “knockout” game. She’s a special sort of stupid to make this claim an think that she’ll not be exposed.

        However, don’t underestimate the aggression of drivers against pedestrians. A woman was crushed against her car and killed a couple of months ago on Magazine by someone who just could not wait to drive 900′ and stop at a red light.

  • RRod3

    Attempted battery? Is this a joke? You hit someone with a baseball bat to cause injury. You hit them with a 5000lb vehicle because you want to kill them. A car is not a melee weapon. It’s equivalent to a gun.

    How about an attempted murder charge and stop treating drivers as a protected class?

  • Mac MacKenzie

    She lied. She tripped and fell.

  • Mick Bodine

    She made it up, trying to get a payout. Idiot.

  • bthis
  • heckraiser

    Liar, liar pants on fire, this lying trash should spend the month in jail and pay the fine. The SUV driver is dang lucky that there was a video of it. This person would have wrecked this drivers life. Some people are just human trash with no class at all and this is a prime example of one. This needs to be treated seriously by the police. She needs to burn as an example of what will happen if you falsely accuse someone.

  • heckraiser

    Or people who lie and falsely accuse others, just as bad.

  • heckraiser

    How about filing a false report? Or maybe criminal mischief?

  • heckraiser

    Or maybe an old version of “I’ll lie to get some money from an innocent person”?