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Community praying for gravely injured 12-year NOPD vet who was struck by drunk driver

NOLA Natasha Hunter
New Orleans police officer Natasha Hunter. Credit: Instagram

A New Orleans police officer was hit by a drunk driver, while she was arriving at another crash scene to assist another officer.

At about 2:30 am Sunday morning, Natasha Hunter was called to assist on a crash investigation. When she pulled up to the shoulder along eastbound I-10, near Esplanade Avenue, flares were displayed so she could help divert traffic.

Police say, as she was still sitting inside her Ford Explorer, with the lights on, she was struck by a passing driver.

Hunter is currently at a local hospital in “grave condition,” according to police officials.

“We would ask the entire community to pray for our officer…she belongs to the entire community,” NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said. “This hurts because here is a great officer, a great person, doing her job in going to help another officer, and then becomes a victim of someone’s bad choices,” he added.

Hunter is a 12-year veteran in the First District. The 31-year old officer is also the mother of a five-year-old.

According to NOLA.com, the driver is in custody and facing charges after he reportedly admitted to drinking that night. Upon being discharged from the hospital, he will likely be booked on negligent vehicle injury.

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