Police in Louisiana are hunting a hit-and-run driver who abandoned his badly damaged vehicle and fled the scene after causing serious accident in Jefferson Parish. The events, which took place at the intersection of Bissonet Drive and Kawanee Avenue in Metairie, were recorded by a security camera installed on a nearby home. The man can be seen exiting his vehicle after the crash. The man was also photographed by bystanders as he walked away from the scene. These images have been distributed by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and posted online by local media outlets.
Driver ignored stop sign
The video footage shows the man’s pickup truck running through a stop sign at high speed and striking an SUV in the intersection. The pickup truck struck the SUV with enough force to propel it into the front yard of a residence. After spinning around, the pickup truck also came to a stop in the front yard. The homeowner’s SUV, which was parked in the driveway, was also struck. The footage shows it being flipped onto its roof.
Still at large
A JCSO representative told reporters that the hit-and-run driver is still at large. However, the manhunt is likely to be a short one as the man’s face can clearly be seen in the photographs taken by witnesses.
Many homes and businesses are now equipped with surveillance cameras, and the images these devices capture may be used by accident investigators to determine what transpired in the seconds before a collision. Surveillance footage could also be used by experienced personal injury attorneys to prove car accident lawsuit defendants acted negligently. This is why attorneys may visit accident scenes to check for cameras before initiating this kind of litigation.