Update, 1:15 p.m. Tuesday: NOPD Lt. Anthony Micheu confirmed Tuesday that Joshua Woodruff, a tourist, was trying to hail an Uber ride when he was hit by a vehicle in the French Quarter Friday.
Micheu said that a call of a pedestrian struck came in at 3:15 a.m. Friday. Woodruff’s body was found on U.S. 90 at 3:45 a.m.
Police have reviewed roughly 50 surveillance videos and have seized 11 for further analysis, Micheu said. Police are still working on getting a license plate number of the vehicle.
Update, 7:15 a.m. Tuesday: The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office has identified a body found on U.S. 90 as Joshua Woodruff, 28. He died from blunt force trauma, the report says.
A recent Harvard graduate, Woodruff was from Omaha, Neb., and was in New Orleans to celebrate the New Year, according to a Omaha newspaper.
Woodruff was in New Orleans with a friend to celebrate the New Year and was hailing an Uber early Friday when he was hit by a different car, Woodruff’s sister Heather Grizzle said. Before going out, Woodruff reportedly texted his family: “I just want you to know how thankful I am for you,” said his mother, Caren Woodruff.
New Orleans detectives have connected the body recovered on the Westbank this morning with a hit and run that was reported on Dumaine and Decatur Street around 3:00 a.m. Friday, according to a New Orelans Police Department press release.
The suspected vehicle is described as a four-door black sedan with tinted windows. According to witnesses, the vehicle was seen striking the victim on Decatur at Dumaine then turning onto Madison St. and traveling against traffic to Chartres.
The vehicle then turned right on Chartres eastbound from Madison St, then unknown on Chartres.
The initial investigation reveals that the victim may have been dragged by the vehicle from the French Quarter to the Westbank.
The victim's name is being withheld until family can be notified through the Coroner's Office.
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers or Detective Pontiff at 504 658-6237.