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    LA - Joshua Woodruff, 28, hit and run, New Orleans 1 January 2016


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    From moonriverfarm's link:

    http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/loca...-ccc/78170532/

    Joshua Woodruff, 28, died from blunt force trauma SNIP Woodruff was from Omaha, Neb., a recent graduate [2011] from Harvard University, and was in New Orleans to celebrate the New Year SNIP

    According to witnesses, the vehicle was seen hitting Woodruff on Decatur at Dumaine Street, and then turning onto Madison Street and traveling against traffic to Chartres Street. The sedan was seen turning right on Chartres eastbound from Madison St, and then turning back onto Chartres Street.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...105-story.html

    A Los Angeles-based executive died after he was apparently hit by a vehicle in New Orleans' French Quarter and dragged more than 6 miles.

    Police told the New Orleans Advocate that he was trying to hail an Uber vehicle when he was struck by the [black] sedan.

    http://www.nola.com/traffic/index.ss..._new_orle.html

    His mother, Caren Woodruff, said he texted these words before his death: “I just want you to know how thankful I am for you.”

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    I'll go out on a limb and say the hit and run driver is local. Few tourists know how to get out of the French Quarter and make it to the West Bank via the CCC (Crescent City Causeway).
    I cannot imagine hitting someone then dragging their body for 6 miles under my vehicle and remembering that I was a killer for the rest of my entire life. Oh, the extreme horror of this crime is mind-blowing.

    My sincere condolences to Joshua Woodruff's dear family and loved ones.

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    Agreed. Trying to navigate the Quarter is tough enough in the daytime but on NYE would be even more daunting. then knowing how to get to Gretna from there , again, points to a local. This is horrible.

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    Still no word on the driver of the car. Reward set at $10,000. Somebody knows something.

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    Local, agree 100%. As a child of the French Quarter, no one but locals could conceive of that maze AND get to Gretna. Jefferson parish police should be looking for the sedan & NOPD looking at all CCTV from that night. What a horror!!

    May you rest in peace, young man.
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    I think the problem with CCTV is the quality of the photos they have grabbed, and the darkness. I am still just sick thinking the guy was dragged for six miles. From what I have read, the body parts helped mark the route. It is horrible.

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    Police are now saying they believe the car was a Toyota, 2010-2013 model. They also say they have video of pedestrians watching the event occur.

    I can't understand why no one has come forward with any information. This is just awful.


    http://theadvocate.com/news/neworlea...-hit-and-run-t

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    It may have been in the link I posted earlier but I did read that pedestrians ran after the car while screaming. It's not like they just stood there with their hands in their pockets. I hope.
    The young man had called for an Uber. He was standing off the curb and in the crosswalk when the incident occurred. It's a law to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony1902 View Post
    Local, agree 100%. As a child of the French Quarter, no one but locals could conceive of that maze AND get to Gretna. Jefferson parish police should be looking for the sedan & NOPD looking at all CCTV from that night. What a horror!!

    May you rest in peace, young man.
    Yes, across the bridge, no less. This tragedy has upset me so deeply that this is the first time I've opened this thread. I've avoided the news reports, too. I do think the driver will be found soon, fwiw.
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    So many questions remain. How fast could this black car have been going to hit this man - in the Quarter on New Year's Eve in the traffic on those congested streets? And have witnesses been able to ID the driver and the actual make and model of the car? This is horrendous beyond comprehension.


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    bumping for Joshua

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    Haven't been able to locate any updates. Sure hope the LEO are still looking for the driver.

    Rip Joshua

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    By Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    October 25, 2016 at 1:26 PM, updated October 27, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    'Who killed him?' family of French Quarter hit-and-run victim asks on new billboard


    The family of Josh Woodruff, the 28-year-old who was struck and killed by a car in the French Quarter on New Year's day, has posted a billboard near downtown New Orleans offering a $15,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest. [....]

    In the hours before his death, Woodruff sent a text message to friends and family expressing his love for them and how much he'd enjoyed a recent trip to Omaha for the Christmas holiday. A bystander at the scene of the accident later recovered the phone and used it to contact a friend with whom Woodruff had celebrated the New Year. The friend contacted Woodruff's brother, Benjamin Woodruff, who began piecing together what had happened.



    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/...t-and-run.html

    Absolutely heartbreaking. Justice For Joshua

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    1 year later, still no arrest in hit-and-run death of Josh Woodruff

    http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/341434...-josh-woodruff

    Almost a year has gone by since a tourist was killed in a hit and run and his body dragged for miles from the French Quarter to the West Bank.

    Now, a year later, Josh Woodruff's family says they will never stop fighting to find his killer.

    "There is a killer out there. There is somebody who killed our son," said the victim's mother, Caren Woodruff.
    "We can tell you we have been stymied in our efforts to get specific things accomplished, and those that have gotten accomplished seem to have only happened because we pushed and then still seem to take a long time - longer than independent advisers that we have suggest is normal," said the victim's father, Mark Woodruff.

    We reached out to the NOPD about that. They tell us they have an open line of communication with the family and they're working hard to solve the case and to bring the Woodruffs some closure.

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    They now have a sketch of a person of interest:

    http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orlea...cef596857.html

    Police ask that anyone with information regarding the incident contact Traffic Fatality Investigator Anthony Pontiff at (504) 658-6237 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

    Josh was a friend of a friend of mine. Nothing can bring him back but I'm praying for justice and some kind of closure for the family.

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