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New Orleans Officer Succumbs to Injuries from Being Struck by Car on Duty

July 20, 2015  | 

Officer Vernell Brown Jr. (Photo: New Orleans PD)
Officer Vernell Brown Jr. (Photo: New Orleans PD)

A veteran New Orleans police officer who was struck by a car and critically injured while responding to a vehicle fire on July 12 died Friday night from injuries sustained in the crash, the NOPD announced Friday.

Vernell Brow Jr., had been hospitalized since the incident.

Brown, 47, was responding to a vehicle fire at U.S. 90B east and S. Claiborne Avenue before 5:45 a.m. He was accompanied by two police recruits in field training.

Brown exited the vehicle after one of the recruits parked in the shoulder lane, and while walking near the guardrail, Brown was struck by a Ford Mustang, police say. An unidentified 28-year-old man was driving the Mustang.

Police say the Mustang had just gotten into a crash with a Toyota Scion, causing it to leave the roadway and strike the officer. The driver of the Scion, an unidentified 21-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries, WWL TV reports.


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Corporal James Barth @ 7/20/2015 8:59 PM

R.I.P. Officer Brown, may God bless you and keep you in his loving care my brother. We remain Standing Tall For Those Who Have Fallen.

S.S. @ 7/21/2015 10:05 AM

We are dropping like flies. R.I.P. Officer Brown.

Jon Retired LEO @ 7/21/2015 10:18 AM

God bless you Officer Brown and may you rest in peace. People need to watch where they are going which will not happen in this age of the cell phones and the disease of texting while driving.

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