Tourist injured in Warehouse District hit-and-run

Wynton Yates talks to a tourist who was injured while walking in the Warehouse District.

NEW ORLEANS -- A tourist in town to head on a cruise instead got a trip to the hospital when someone hit her with a truck in the Warehouse District and kept driving.

It happened just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Zina Jacobs said she was crossing the street at the corner of Magazine and Julia streets. Just as she got half way, a white pick-up truck made a left turn and hit her knocking her to the ground and continued to drive away.

“It’s just surreal to me right now that somebody would hit you and just keep on going,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs has a large gash on her forehead, teeth knocked, and bruises on the left side of her body

“I could hear my husband and my friends screaming and I was just trying to stay still and just keep them calm,” she recalled.

Jacobs explained that the family was visiting from Bermuda for a seven-day cruise. They had just arrived in New Orleans earlier that day and decided to spend the few hours they had left before leaving sight-seeing.

Now Jacobs and her family are focused on finding out who was behind the wheel, and believe if the driver realized they had hit a person they wouldn’t have kept going.

“Anyone that struck a person and left the scene, he couldn’t have thought he hit a person because he could have left her for dead," said Wendy Trott, Jacobs cousin. "All we’re asking is that please just come out and say, 'I made a mistake, I did something wrong.'” 

A tourist that came to the crescent city hoping to leave with cherished memories instead left with scars.

“At least I’m leaving, that’s the good part about it because it could have been far worse than it was,” Jacobs said.

 

(© 2016 WWL)


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