Moped driver recovering from hit and run caught on camera

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Posted on April 1, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 1 at 10:41 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- A moped rider is recovering after a hit and run crash Uptown. The victim says the driver reversed and took off after pinning him underneath her car.

In this Eyewitness News exclusive news story, security cameras from a local soap opera star's home captured the crime.

"She hit me in the front here. You can see where the fender is bent up, and the instruments are all smashed off," said Andy Sinclair.

A totaled moped, broken wrist, sprained knee, scratches and bruises are just some of the keepsakes a hit and run driver left Sinclair just after midnight on Friday.

"My head was stuck underneath her front bumper," said Sinclair.

Surveillance video shows the moment when a driver plows through the stop sign at Marengo at Prytania. The video catches Sinclair being hit at the same intersection.

The 26-year-old, who was wearing a helmet at the time, said being pinned under the car made it impossible to see the driver's face or make of the vehicle.

"She got out at that point and asked me if I was OK. I told her no, and she got into her car, backed up off me, cut 90 degrees and just drove away," said Sinclair, who had to be transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Doctors say his helmet saved his life.

"Just take off and not call for help or do anything, I don't know if they can imagine how they'd feel if that were their son or their brother or somebody they cared about. Just anger, anger," said Andy's dad, Richard Sinclair.

At least a half dozen neighbors tell Eyewitness News that wrecks at that intersection are common.

"We have the camera right here. It covers the front of our house. It also covers the intersection here at Marengo and Prytania," said Christian LeBlanc pointing out security cameras that monitor that trouble spot.

The Young and the Restless star and New Orleans native says surveillance cameras on his property caught the crash, which woke up house guests.

"We had friends in town and the first thing he sees is this poor guy dragged by a car that's running a stop sign," said LeBlanc.

Crash after crash that LeBlanc says could easily be stopped by making the Uptown intersection a four-way stop.

"Speed bump, caution light, another stop sign. We'd go for anything at this point," said LeBlanc.

As for Sinclair, the 26-year-old will have to pay for his medical bills because he doesn't have health insurance.

He's self-employed as a court transcriber but won't be able to type with a broken wrist.

If you can help catch the hit and run driver caught on surveillance videom call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

 

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