NOPD outlines route suspect took in fatal New Year’s Day hit-and-run

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Josh Woodruff (Credit Heather Grizzle)

NEW ORLEANS—After analyzing dozens of surveillance videos and interviewing several witnesses, today, the NOPD released what is believed to be the route that the suspect took in the hit-and-run traffic fatality that claimed the life of 28-year-old Joshua Woodruff. The incident happened on January 1, 2016.

Around 3 a.m., the NOPD received a call of a hit-and-run at the intersection of Dumaine and Decatur. According to witnesses at the scene, Woodruff was standing near the sidewalk when a vehicle, described as a four-door black sedan, struck him and dragged him away. About 30 minutes later, Woodruff’s body was discovered on the US 90B West just before Gen de Gaulle Drive off ramp.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives have determined that the driver of the vehicle fled the scene traveling from Decatur Street onto Madison Street against traffic. The driver then turned right at Chartres Street to Ursuline, where he/she turned left and proceeded to Burgundy Street. The driver then took a right onto Burgundy and made a left turn onto Barracks Street and then a right onto Rampart Street, down to Esplanade Avenue where the vehicle turned left and went to North Claiborne Avenue. Once at North Claiborne, the vehicle turned left and proceeded to Orleans Avenue, where the driver got onto I-10 which connects to US-90. While crossing the Greater New Orleans Bridge, the victim’s body was dislodge from the vehicle and was later spotted near the right lane, just before the General Degaulle exit.

The vehicle is described as a four-door black sedan with tinted windows, possibly a black Toyota Camry.

Below is a photo of the possible make and model of the vehicle. It is NOT a photo of the actual vehicle.

toyota camry

Fatality Investigator Anthony Pontiff is in charge of the on-going investigation. He can be contacted at 504-658-6237.

Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.  You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s).  You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at http://www.crimestoppersgno.org.