Map: New Orleans police lay out route New Year’s Day hit-and-run driver took, killing tourist _lowres


The family of the tourist killed in a horrific New Year’s Day hit-and-run is asking anyone with relevant surveillance footage to contact police.

The New Orleans Police Department on Monday released the circuitous route from the French Quarter to Algiers that investigators believe the hit-and-run driver took after striking Joshua Woodruff and fleeing the scene early on the morning of Jan. 1, dragging Woodruff’s body for miles.

Woodruff’s brother, Ben Woodruff, said he hopes that details of the route will spur anyone with images of the car’s flight to come forward.

“What we ask the public is, if they are along that route and the police have not contacted them yet, please contact the police if they have footage,” he said. “We are hoping that someone has footage that we haven’t seen yet, and that footage is the key to finding the driver.”

Police said the car may have been a black Toyota Camry.

Woodruff, a 28-year-old visitor from California, was standing near Decatur and Dumaine streets about 3 a.m. when he was hit.

Drawing on footage from dozens of surveillance cameras and witnesses, police say the vehicle weaved its way through the French Quarter, took Esplanade Avenue to South Claiborne Avenue and then Interstate 10, following the Pontchartrain Expressway to the Crescent City Connection.

Woodruff’s body was dragged along with the car. The badly damaged body was finally dislodged just before the Gen. de Gaulle Drive exit in Algiers.

Ben Woodruff said his family appreciates the support they have received from around the world.

He said the Saturday morning funeral was difficult.

“We all had to lean on each other quite a bit to make sure we could get through the service,” he said.

Police asked anyone with information to call Fatality Investigator Anthony Pontiff at (504) 658-6237 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.