NEW ORLEANS —
A man is dead and 5 others are hurt after a hit-and-run crash on Easter Sunday, April 17, in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Police Department said the crash happened around 7 p.m. at the intersection of Pauger and North Miro streets.
According to police, a total of five vehicles were involved in the incident.
Officers said the suspected wrong-way driver of the Chevrolet Suburban crossed over to North Miro Street and struck a Honda Accord. The impact caused the Suburban to overturn and hit four pedestrians who were standing nearby, according to police.
Three additional unoccupied parked cars were impacted.
An earlier news release from police said the wrong-way driver was killed in the incident. Police have since corrected this information to say that the driver is still wanted, and had not died.
Police said the driver of the Suburban and its occupants escaped the SUV and ran away on foot. No arrests have been made at this time, and the suspect is still being sought, according to police.
Neighbors on the scene said prior to the crash, gunshots were heard beforehand. Police confirmed to WDSU that there was a report of shots fired prior to the crash in the area and it was reported to police at 7:11 p.m. There was no shooting victim found at the location, according to police.
Five other people were hurt and taken to the hospital where one later died.
Family members confirmed to WDSU that the man who died was Joseph Clark, 58.
According to family, Clark was sitting on the sidewalk when he was pinned against a brick wall as a result of the crash.
Police confirm there is one fatality in the incident at this time.
Anyone with information that can assist in this investigation is asked to call NOPD traffic fatality investigator Edgar Edwards at 504-658-6205 or to call Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans anonymously at 504-822-1111.
*An earlier version of this story said that the driver of the Suburban was killed, per an NOPD news release. The NOPD has since provided an update. The wrong-way driver was not killed, and is still being sought.