Court records detail 24 Endymion crash victims injuries

NEW ORLEANS – Court records obtained by The New Orleans Advocate show the injuries 24 people sustained when police say alleged drunk driver Neilson Rizzuto plowed into a crowd at the Endymion parade Feb. 25.

For half of the people injured, Rizzuto has been booked on the more serious count of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring.

Those injuries include:

  • 40-year-old woman from New Orleans. Left shoulder broken: several broken ribs on the left side.
  • 19-year-old man from Allen, Texas. Internal injuries to legs and left arm, laceration to the head requiring stitches.
  • 18-year-old female, from Shelby Township, Michigan. Fractured nose, black eye*, numerous lacerations and abrasions.
  • 51-year-old woman from Biloxi, Miss. Broken pelvis in two places, broken scapula*.
  • 20-year-old female from Roseville, Calif. Internal injuries to both legs, ligament damage.
  • 19-year old man from Chicago. Severe laceration to the head requiring 6 staples.
  • 37-year-old man from New York. Broken hip, dislocated shoulder, lacerated liver, rib fractures*.
  • 38-year-old woman from River Ridge. Sustained a head injury (blacked out), contusions to the entire body.
  • 26-year-old woman from New Orleans. Broken right wrist, scrapes to broth knees and left side of body.
  • 47-year-old man from Biloxi, Miss. Severe laceration to head requiring 13 staples, a concussion, sever bruising to extremities.
  • 46-year-old woman from New Orleans. Leg and shoulder injuries * (identified as NOPD Officer Michelle Woodfork)
  • 22-year-old woman from New Orleans. Lacerated liver, internal injuries to abdomen.

“Vehicular negligent injuring” victims’ injuries include:

  • 20-year-old man from Dallas. Ribs chest, both knees, legs bruised.
  • 16-year-old boy from New Orleans. Neck and back strain.
  • 8-year-old girl from Avondale. Right knee and leg strains, back strain, needs MRI of right leg.
  • 26-year-old man from Alexandria. Right leg and knee pain.
  • 29-year-old woman from River Ridge. Leg and shoulder pain, needs MRI on right knee.
  • 1-year-old from New Orleans. Sustained scratches to the face.
  • 20-year-old man from New Orleans. Left elbow, sprained left ankle, abrasions.
  • 56-year-old from New Orleans. Severe bruising to right hip and right knee.
  • 50-year-old woman from New Orleans. Neck, shoulder and stomach bruising from seatbelt*, lower back and left leg pain.
  • 30-year-old man from Dallas. Road rash to wrist, elbow*, left leg and right ankle.
  • 22-year-old man from New Orleans. Cut to left arm, clavicle bruise*, road rash.
  • 38-year-old woman from River Ridge. Neck shoulder*, stomach bruising and lower back pain.

Rizzuto remains at the Orleans Parish Justice Center. His next court appearance is set for March 24.

You can read more about this story at The New Orleans Advocate.

* denotes site of injuries not specified

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