Two die in N.O. traffic accidents Friday night
Two people died in traffic accidents Friday night in New Orleans, according to Officer Frank Robertson, a spokesman for the Police Department.
A 30-year-old woman was killed around 10 p.m. on Interstate 610 near the St. Bernard Avenue exit.
According to Robertson, the driver of a black Chevy Camaro had a tire blowout and lost control of his vehicle. The woman, who was on a motorcycle, ran into the back of the car. She was ejected from the motorcycle and died at the scene.
Robertson said the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.
Just minutes later, at about 10:05 p.m., an unrelated fatal accident happened in New Orleans East.
Robertson said a 76-year-old man was driving his pickup truck on Chef Menteur Highway near Michoud Boulevard when a man walked in front of his moving vehicle. The pedestrian was hit and died at the scene.
The 76-year-old driver was not cited in the accident, Robertson said.
Man dies in car crash in St. Charles Parish
A Covington man was killed early Friday morning in a car crash on U.S. 90 in St. Charles Parish, according to Louisiana State Police.
Police said a 16-year-old girl was traveling north on Coronado Drive in a Jeep Cherokee when she ran a stop sign and proceeded onto the highway. In the process, she struck a Kawasaki motorcycle driven by 23-year-old Covington resident Dean Jiles.
Jiles was ejected from the motorcycle and suffered serious injuries. According to police, he was taken to LSU Interim Hospital, where he later died.
The girl was not injured.
Police said impairment was not suspected in the crash.
The girl has yet to be charged, pending a review by the St. Charles Parish District Attorney’s Office, according to State Police.
Woman shot in leg on Canal Street
A woman suffered a graze wound to the leg in a shooting incident just after 7 p.m. Saturday in the 600 block of Canal Street.
The victim was taken to the hospital, where she was listed in good condition, said Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.
Robertson said the victim ran inside a PJ’s Coffee shop after being grazed.
He said police were questioning two males.
Two armed robbery suspects arrested
Two River Ridge men were arrested Friday for their involvement in two armed robberies that occurred earlier in the week in Jefferson Parish, according to Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
Fortunato said investigators believe Logan West, 23, and Tanner Karns, 21, robbed a Shell station in the 9300 block of Jefferson Highway late Tuesday. The men also are believed to have attempted to rob a Discount Stop convenience store Thursday in the 1000 block of North Arnoult Road.
In the second incident, they were rebuffed by the store clerk and did not get any money, Fortunato said.
According to Fortunato, the suspects confessed to both crimes after being questioned by investigators.
He said that after arresting the two men for the first incident, investigators realized the similarities between the robbery Tuesday and the attempted robbery Thursday.
Fortunato said West told investigators he was the gunman in the robbery and Karns drove the getaway vehicle. He said West admitted that the two men had purchased narcotics and rented a hotel room with the money from the heist.
West and Karns were transported to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center and booked on one charge of armed robbery and one charge of attempted first-degree robbery each, according to Fortunato.