As the New Orleans Police Department continues its investigation into an on-duty officer’s crash into a Central City beauty salon, the department boarded up the damaged business Tuesday to secure it against opportunistic burglars.
“Certainly, we don’t want to make bad things worse,” said NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re sorry this happened.”
The officer was driving on Louisiana Avenue around 11 p.m. Sunday (June 30) and became distracted during a turn onto LaSalle Street, lost control of the SUV and crashed into the 59 Designz salon there, police have said. No one was inside the building and the officer left the crash uninjured, and traffic investigators are continuing their work on a report detailing what led to the crash.
“I’m sure all the answers are going to come out in the accident report,” Bardy said.
Meanwhile, the department sent a carpentry crew Tuesday to board up the shop, and numerous officers have been by to check on the business owner, Bardy said. City assessors have already visited, the property owner has been contacting contractors, and the goal is to have a work order for repairs to begin Wednesday, Bardy said.
“This thing is secured from inside and out,” Bardy said.
Salon owner Creaster Pinkney said her stylists remain concerned about the loss of business leading up to this weekend’s Essence Festival, but she is pleased by the attention she is now receiving from the city.
“They have reinforced it, and it has made me happy,” Pinkney said.