NEW ORLEANS – Detectives are investigating a road rage incident that may have led to a La Jolla tourist being paralyzed, police said Tuesday.
New Orleans police were called to the corner of Decatur and Frenchmen streets around 11 p.m. on October 15 after a man attacked another man before driving away in a small black vehicle. By the time officers arrived, everyone, including the man who called 911, had left the area.
Eleven days later, NOPD detectives were contacted by family members of a man identified by his family as 64-year-old Doug David of La Jolla.
David’s niece told police he was in University Hospital after being attacked by a man and that he was paralyzed from the neck down, WGNO reported.
Detectives were able to interview David who told them that he was walking in the intersection of Decatur and Frenchmen on the night in question, when he was almost struck by a small black vehicle.
David also stated that he threw a beer can at the vehicle, hitting it on the roof. David said a man got out of the car and punched him several times in the face and head.
David told officers that the next thing he remembers is waking up in the hospital and he was unable to move his arms or legs.
Police announced Tuesday they are looking for 30-year-old Christopher Smith in connection with the investigation. They said he is wanted on an aggravated battery charge.
Detectives are continuing their investigation. The person who initially called police reported the vehicle involved in the incident had a Louisiana license plate XQT199.
Anyone with information about this incident, should call Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111.
An online fundraiser has been set up on behalf of David’s family.