Superintendent Michael Harrison of the New Orleans Police Department in Louisiana sadly reports the death of Officer Vernell Brown.
Officer Brown, 47, was stuck by a vehicle on US-90 near I-10 as he was investigating a vehicle fire. He was outside his patrol vehicle and standing along the side of the road next to a guard rail when a vehicle crash occurred near the burning vehicle and his patrol unit. After the collision, one of the vehicles veered off the roadway and struck Officer Brown. The two police recruits that were with Officer Brown in their “field training” were not injured.
The 28 year old male driver of a Ford Mustang that struck Officer Brown, and the 21 year old female driver of a Toyota Scion that had struck the Ford Mustang both remained at the scene of the crash.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. The driver of the Ford Mustang tested negative at the scene and the female driver tested under the legal limit. The investigation into the crash continues. No charges have been filed as of this date.
Officer Brown was transported to Louisiana State University Medical Center in serious condition. A day later, Officer Brown slipped into a coma and remained unconcious until he succumbed to his injuries five days after being struck.
Officer Brown served the New Orleans Police Department for 17 years.
Officer Vernell Brown-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Friday, July 17, 2015.
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Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow