Harvard grad killed in French Quarter hit-and-run was trying to hail Uber

The New Orleans Advocate

Joshua Woodruff
Joshua Woodruff The New Orleans Advocate

Update, 1:15 p.m. Tuesday: NOPD Lt. Anthony Micheu confirmed Tuesday that Joshua Woodruff, a tourist, was trying to hail an Uber ride when he was hit by a vehicle in the French Quarter Friday.

Micheu said that a call of a pedestrian struck came in at 3:15 a.m. Friday. Woodruff’s body was found on U.S. 90 at 3:45 a.m.

Police have reviewed roughly 50 surveillance videos and have seized 11 for further analysis, Micheu said. Police are still working on getting a license plate number of the vehicle.

Update, 7:15 a.m. Tuesday: The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office has identified a body found on U.S. 90 as Joshua Woodruff, 28. He died from blunt force trauma, the report says.

A recent Harvard graduate, Woodruff was from Omaha, Neb., and was in New Orleans to celebrate the New Year, according to a Omaha newspaper.

Woodruff was in New Orleans with a friend to celebrate the New Year and was hailing an Uber early Friday when he was hit by a different car, Woodruff’s sister Heather Grizzle said. Before going out, Woodruff reportedly texted his family: “I just want you to know how thankful I am for you,” said his mother, Caren Woodruff.

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