NEW ORLEANS – The NOPD is investigating a traffic fatality that occurred early this morning (June 13, 2021) on Interstate 610 near the Elysian Fields Avenue exit.
At around 2:16 a.m., Third District officers responded to a traffic accident involving a 2015 Dodge Challenger and a pedestrian at the location. The initial investigation has revealed that the vehicle was travelling in the eastbound lane of I-610 when it struck an unknown male who was walking in the left lane of the highway. The victim fell over the guardrail and landed on the ground beneath the highway near St. Anthony Avenue and Benefit Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further information is available at this time. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office will identify the decedent and determine the official cause of death upon completion of autopsy and notification of family.
NOPD Traffic Fatality Investigator Edgar Edwards is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at 504-658-6208 with information regarding this investigation.