A 35-year-old woman died Sunday night at a hospital after possibly being dragged as much 1,200 feet along Interstate 10 in New Orleans East during a hit-and-run accident, police said.
Now police are trying to find the vehicle and driver that might be responsible for her death.
Kimberly McGee was headed west on I-10 in her Chevrolet Tahoe when she collided with a Chevrolet Trailblazer just past the Morrison Road exit about 9:30 p.m.
McGee’s SUV spun around after the wreck, coming to rest moments later in the emergency stopping lane, police said.
Investigators said McGee then got out of her vehicle and walked across the highway’s westbound lanes to talk to the driver of the Trailblazer she had collided with.
As she tried to walk back across the roadway again, the driver of a silver Ford F-150 saw her and swerved in an effort to avoid hitting her, police said.
The pickup truck spun around and stopped only when it hit McGee’s SUV.
At some point after the second collision, McGee was hit, possibly by a second Ford F-150.
Lt. Anthony Micheu, commander of the NOPD’s Traffic Division, said McGee was dragged anywhere from 300 to 400 yards after being struck.
“It was a long distance,” he said.
The vehicle that possibly hit her and kept going was a dark blue 1996 Ford F-150 with Mississippi license plate KA7155, police said.
A witness followed that truck until losing sight of it near Hope Street and George Nick Connor Drive in the 7th Ward, Micheu said.
Paramedics, meanwhile, rushed McGee to Interim LSU Hospital, where she died.
Two other people who were in the SUV with McGee during the accident were not injured. Micheu declined to provide the relationship between the passengers and McGee.
Fatality investigator Edgar Edwards is in charge of the investigation.
Anyone with information on the identity of the driver of the vehicle with Mississippi plates is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
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