NOPD reveals route of driver from fatal New Year's Day hit-and-run, victim dragged through French Quarter _lowres

Joshua Woodruff


New Orleans Police released the believed route from the fatal New Year's Day hit-and-run from surveillance videos and witnesses' accounts and say the victim was dragged through the French Quarter after the crash.

The incident killed 28-year-old Joshua Woodruff on Jan. 1, 2016 after he was hit around 3 a.m., New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said.

Police first received a call about the hit-and-run at the intersection of Dumaine and Decatur streets, Harrison said. Witnesses said Woodruff stood near the sidewalk when a black sedan hit him, dragging him away.

Investigators said the suspect fled, driving from Decatur Street to Madison Street against traffic, and turned right at Chartes Street to Ursuline Avenue, Harrison said. From Ursuline Avenue the suspect drove onto Burgundy Street and turned left onto Barracks Street.

The suspect then made a right onto Rampart Street and drove to Esplanade Avenue, Harrison said. The car turned left onto North Claiborne Avenue where the suspect drove onto Interstate-10, connecting to US-90.

As the suspect crossed the Greater New Orleans Bridge, Woodruf's body was dislodged from the car, Harrison said.

Woodruff's body was found on US-90B West before the Gen de Daulle Drive ramp, Harrison said.