NEW ORLEANS — A woman was intentionally struck and killed during a hit-and-run near Bourbon Street early Monday morning, New Orleans Police Department officials say.
The NOPD is investigating the incident as a homicide.
According to initial reports, the victim was in the French Quarter around midnight when a fight broke out near the corner of Bourbon and St. Louis streets.
Police officials say she was trying to break up the fight when another woman purposefully backed up into her, pinning her against a car and killing her. The driver sped away.
NOPD officers arrived at the scene and found the victim lying unresponsive in front of a gray Acura sedan that was stopped in the middle of St. Louis Street.
She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Detectives are now looking for the driver, who faces murder charges. Her vehicle, a four-door, will have rear damage as a result of the crash, NOPD officials said. No further information about the vehicle were immediately available.
Officials said the attack was under investigation and no further information was immediately available.
The Orleans Parish Coroner will release the identity of the victim after properly notifying her family.
The incident came hours after the city released new guidelines for New Orleans bars and restaurants as part of a city-wide response to try and stop the spread of COVID-19.
Anyone with information that can help lead to an arrest is asked to call at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.