Billboard seeks justice for French Quarter hit-and-run victim

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A billboard erected in October 2016 seeks info on hit and run death of tourist Joshua Woodruff

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — The family of the man who was struck and killed by a vehicle in the French Quarter early New Year’s Day and dragged for six miles to the West Bank has put up a billboard seeking answers on his death.

Josh Woodruff, 28, was killed while crossing the street in the French Quarter just after 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

He was struck by a dark, four-door sedan at the corner of Decatur and Dumaine streets. The driver then dragged Josh for nearly six miles. His body was found on U.S. 90 near the General De Gaulle exit, across the Crescent City Connection.

Woodruff was a Harvard graduate who was visiting New Orleans to celebrate New Year’s with his friends. Ten months after his death, there have been no arrests.

His family hopes the billboard at S. Robertson and Clio streets across from the Smoothie King Center will help find his killer. The billboard faces

“The fact that the New Orleans Police Department has failed to advance the investigation, despite allegedly having numerous video clips from security cameras and having been called moments after this horrific act occurred, is unacceptable,” said Patricia Prezioso, an attorney representing Woodruff’s family. “Josh’s family needs your help to find his killer. Someone knows something, and we need you to come forward. No detail is too small, and something that may seem insignificant may be hugely important to this investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Orleans Police Department or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.