NEW ORLEANS — A pedestrian died after she was struck by a car causing her to fall from the Woodland Bridge in New Orleans on Wednesday morning.
According to the New Orleans Police Department, the crash happened around 6:40 a.m. Police say a driver of a 2010 Ford Mustang was headed westbound when the car struck a woman who was walking on the bridge. After being struck, police say the woman fell from the apex of the bridge to the ground below. The driver of the Ford Mustang immediately pulled to the side of the bridge and called 911.
Paramedics arrived and pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
Close friends and former coworkers identified the woman as Carol Roberts, a former English teacher at Belle Chasse High School and former assistant superintendent for the school system. Roberts reportedly walked the bridge most mornings, and she was was walking with her friend on Wednesday when she was hit by the car. The friend was not injured in the crash.
The police department said that the driver of the Mustang struggled to view the road before the crash due to heavy fog.
The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office will determine her official cause of death.
Anyone with information about this accident is urged to contact Traffic Fatality Investigator Richard Chambers at 504-658-6207.
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