Witness to deadly bike accident involving NOPD officer contradicts division’s account
“It appeared as if he was making an attempt to beat the yellow mild as a result of he was dashing”
NEW ORLEANS — An eyewitness to a deadly accident final search stated a New Orleans police officer appeared to hurry as much as beat a yellow visitors mild earlier than putting a bicyclist on Normal DeGaulle Drive in Algiers.
In an unique interview with WWL-TV, Jasmine Radford stated she was in a automotive on the intersection of DeGaulle and Westbend Parkway at 9:45 p.m. Thursday when she noticed the accident.
Radford additionally stated that the sufferer, 54-year-old Carl Odoms, was strolling his bike and had not but left the curb when he was hit by the automotive pushed by veteran patrol officer Derrick Williams.
“He wasn’t even in that first lane. He was on the curb,” Radford stated.
Radford’s account runs counter to an announcement launched by the New Orleans Police Division shortly after the accident. Within the emailed press launch, the division stated Odoms “rode into the officer’s lane of journey.”
Radford stated the officer, who was off-duty however driving a marked police automotive, seemed to be driving quick to make it by means of the intersection earlier than the visitors mild modified.
“It appeared as if he was making an attempt to beat the yellow mild as a result of he was dashing,” Radford stated.
Following division coverage, Williams stays administratively reassigned pending the end result of an inside investigation. The NOPD stated Williams handed drug and alcohol checks and confirmed no different indicators of impairment. He’s being represented by the Black Group of Police, which declined remark.
In a Fb Dwell video Radford posted from the scene, she described the accident as “horrific.”
“Mr. Odoms is over right here standing ready to cross,” she stated Wednesday, recalling the tragedy. “By the point I look the opposite means, I hear an enormous previous, pow! Prefer it sounded as if he hit a pole.”
Radford stated regardless of being one of many first folks on the scene, investigators who responded didn’t method her or another witnesses to ask about what they noticed.
“They did not get any type of assertion,” she stated. “They did not take down any witness statements. Any witnesses.”
Odom’s household stated he ceaselessly rode his bike to a close-by comfort retailer, and normally walked his bike throughout the busy intersection. He walked slowly as a result of a limp that compelled him to make use of a cane, they stated.
The household stated they’re anxious to get the outcomes of the police investigation, hopeful that one of many safety cameras on the intersection will present precisely what occurred.
A police spokesman Wednesday stated the investigation stays open and lively. Anybody with details about the accident can name the NOPD’s Visitors Fatality Division at 504-658-6208.