Search continues for hit-and-run driver who killed an off-duty NOPD officer
POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 2:07pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (NBC33) — The search continues for the driver who killed an off-duty New Orleans Police Officer during a hit-and-run crash over the weekend. The reward for information leading to an arrest sits at $5,000. A separate $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the recovery of the vehicle.
The crash happened on Sunday, July 7 at roughly 1:00 a.m. Officer Rodney Thomas, 52, was involved in a minor crash on I-10 near the high rise. When he got out of his vehicle to check on the other driver, he was struck by a white Porsche Panamera.
Thomas was transported to the hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.
“I want to express condolences on behalf of the entire New Orleans Police Department to Officer Thomas’ family," Supt. Ronal Serpas, NOPD, said. "He was very beloved, and this is a true loss for this community.”
Witnesses at the scene told police that the white Porsche was driving erratically prior to the crash. Investigators say the vehicle should have extensive front-end damage, including a missing light kit and sideview mirror.
If you know anything regarding the identity of the driver who caused the crash, call Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.