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NOPD Officer Fights for Life After I-10 Crash

A New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officer is fighting for her life after being hit by a suspected drunk driver while working an accident on Interstate-10 early on Sunday (6.05) morning according to NOPD Chief Michael Harrison.


At a Tulane and Broad presser, Harrison explained that 31-year-old Officer Natasha Hunter was inside of her NOPD Ford Explorer on the shoulder of I-10 East near Esplanade when another car slammed into her vehicle at 2:30a.m. Hunter sustained massive brain trauma and is currently “non-responsive” according to the Chief.


"I am incredibly saddened to inform you that one of our officers was severely injured this morning," said Harrison. "She is right now at a local hospital in grave condition."


Police said that Hunter, a 12 year veteran of the force, was helping another officer investigate a multi-car crash on the highway. Harrison stressed that the Explorer’s lights were on and road flares were lit.


Harrison did not identify the driver, but stated that he admitted that he had been drinking earlier. The Superintendent added that the driver will most likely be be booked on negligent vehicular injury.


"We would ask the entire community to pray for our officer...she belongs to the entire community," Harrison said.

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