A hit-and-run driver sent a woman and her 2-year-old nephew flying off an Interstate 10 bridge in New Orleans East in late November. The driver is reportedly now in custody after officers apprehended him on Nov. 30. The incident, just one of scores of fatal car accidents in the metro area during this ongoing holiday season, left both the 29-year-old victim and her young nephew dead. The 44-year-old driver is facing two counts of manslaughter in addition to a felony count of hit-and-run.
This is not the driver's first run-in with the law. The man has previously been arrested for arson and driving on a suspended driver's license, among other offenses. He was apprehended at his father's home, and he admitted shortly after his arrest that he caused the fatal accident. The man's pickup truck was found abandoned at the scene after the wreck. He admitted to panicking after the crash, but he never thought he hit anyone.