An off-duty New Orleans Police officer was killed early Sunday morning in a hit and run accident on I-10 East at the highrise.
According to Officer Frank Robertson, the officer was involved in an accident on the highrise around 1 a.m. Sunday morning. He had exited his vehicle to check the status of the other motorist when he was struck by another vehicle.
Witnesses say the vehicle was being driven erratically when it struck the officer, knocking him to the pavement. The vehicle then fled the scene.
The officer, Rodney Thomas, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Thomas was hired by the NOPD in March of 2005. He worked his entire career with the department in the Second District, and became a permanent, positive fixture in the Uptown community. He leaves behind a wife and two children. Rodney Thomas was 52-years-old.
Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, "I did not know Officer Thomas well, but it was heartwarming that so many officers I saw this morning working the Essence festivities, approached me to tell me what a wonderful, dedicated police officer and person Rodney was. He was a 'cops' cop', and, from what I’ve been told, he was the 'peoples' cop', too."
Police believe the vehicle involved in this fatality is a white 2011 or 2012 Porche Panamera with extensive front right side damage including a missing front light kit as well as a missing side view mirror. The vehicle fled eastbound on the Interstate heading towards Slidell. The driver is wanted for the fatal Hit and Run of an NOPD Officer.
Anyone who has seen this vehicle or who can provide information as to the driver's identity is asked to notify NOPD or call CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111.
These images are of a 2011 Porche Panamera, similar to the vehicle that struck and killed Thomas. The NOPD says the car involved in the hit-and-run was missing a front light kit and a side view mirror.