Hit-and-run suspect pulled motorcyclist off hood before fleeing: JPSO

A suspected drunk driver, accused of hitting a motorcyclist in Metairie[1], pulled the man off the hood of his pick-up truck before fleeing the scene, according to authorities. The unidentified victim in the July 5 crash was taken to University Medical Center in New Orleans and admitted to the intensive care unit, an arrest report said. His condition was not available Saturday.

The wreck occurred about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie at the Transcontinental[2] intersection, the report said. The motorcyclist had a green light and was headed north on Transcontinental when the driver of an eastbound truck on Veterans ran a red light, the report said.

The truck hit the motorcycle. Witnesses told Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office[3] deputies that the truck’s driver and a passenger got out of the vehicle, pulled the injured motorcyclist off the hood of the vehicle and then drove off, the arrest report said. Deputies found the truck’s accused driver, Alex Hernandez, 32, in a nearby business parking lot on Veterans Boulevard, the report said.

Hernandez’s 6-year-old daughter and two others also had been in the truck at the time of the crash, according to authorities. Deputies noted that Hernandez smelled of alcohol. He told deputies that he’d had one beer at a relative’s house, the report said.

Hernandez performed poorly on a field sobriety test. His blood alcohol content later registered at 0.116 percent, well over the 0.08-percent legal limit, the report said. Hernandez also did not have a valid driver’s license, authorities said.

Deputies booked Hernandez, of the 2200 block of Clover Street in New Orleans, on Thursday with hit and run involving serious injury or fatality, DWI, driving without a license and ignoring a traffic control signal.

Bond was set at £101,300.

But Hernandez was released from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna without bond because of crowding at the jail.

References

  1. ^ Metairie (www.nola.com)
  2. ^ Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie at the Transcontinental (www.google.com)
  3. ^ Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (topics.nola.com)

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