The son of a NOPD officer has been arrested and booked after two people were left dead and eight injured Saturday night after being hit by a vehicle in New Orleans.
"We have had a double fatality", police said in a news conference.
While responding to another call nearby, officers received reports of bicyclists struck by a vehicle, according to NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson.
Hynes was one of nine people struck when Tashonty Toney's Chevy veered into a Big Easy bike lane for several blocks around 8 p.m. Saturday, authorities allege. An injured person was treated at the scene.
The names of the victims and suspect were not yet released.
The two fatalities were an approximately 30-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman, according to WDSU.
The tragedy was described by authorities as a "complex incident that spanned nearly three blocks". Three of the five people taken to hospital were in critical condition. He said investigators were working to confirm the driver's condition at the time of the incident.
The night of the crash was Toney's 32nd birthday, and police reportedly believe alcohol played a role when he ran into the group of people, majority riding bikes.
Ferguson says the suspect is being tested to determine whether he was intoxicated.
News of the incident broke in the evening hours of March 2, 2019.
The accident happened on the 3200 block of Esplanade Avenue, a couple miles northwest of the French Quarter. Initial reports show two victims were struck by a vehicle at the location. "The victims were pronounced dead on scene by EMS", the New Orleans Police Department tweeted. "#NOPDalert", the police initially wrote on Twitter. The driver ran off but then laid down on the sidewalk where he lost consciousness. It's not clear whether that's true.
Rourk told The Advocate that the driver "was trashed.blind drunk".
The scene was close to the route of the Endymion parade, one of New Orleans' largest Mardi Gras parades, that was held Saturday.
"Feel so sad about the people killed and injured on Esplanade, and for their families", one woman wrote on Twitter as news broke.