New Orleans police officer injured in traffic accident
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans police say one of their officers has been seriously injured during a traffic accident.
Multiple news outlets reported that Superintendent Michael Harrison said the officer was inside her police vehicle on the side of the road with the emergency lights on when she was hit.
He identified the officer as Natasha Hunter, 31, a 12-year veteran of the police force.
Hunter was taken to the hospital where she remains in critical condition in an unresponsive state.
According to NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison, Hunter suffered a traumatic brain injury. Harrison said that the person who struck Hunter's vehicle was driving while intoxicated. Harrison said that the driver was treated at a local hospital after the crash and is in custody.
According to Harrison, he will be charged with negligent vehicular injury.
Hunter works in the 1st District of NOPD and has a 5-year-old daughter.
Harrison and others from the 1st District visited with Hunter and her family at the hospital.