The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a man wearing a bucket hat, a Hawaiian shirt and carrying a black backpack who stole a taxi and crashed it into numerous cars on Canal Street.

Edy Cadet left his cab parked outside the Sheraton Hotel with the key in the ignition.

"When I saw it, I was trying to open that door and jump in, but I couldn't. It was too late," Cadet said.

Cadet said a young man took off in his cab, crashing into several cars, including a mother with her four small children, and toppling a motorcycle.

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