A local barber was killed Friday morning after his vehicle burst into flames in a hit-and-run accident on Interstate 10 in New Orleans. 48-year-old Mitchell Baptiste was killed when his car spun out of control, hit a pole, and became engulfed in flames after a black Nissan with tinted windows and a large Fleur de lis on the back window struck Baptiste from behind. According to witnesses, the Nissan left the scene as they unsuccessfully attempted to save Baptiste. As a result of the accident, the interstate was closed in both directions for several hours. New Orleans police are currently seeking any information related to the vehicle and driver involved in the crash.
Baptiste’s was the second death in his family last week. His mother died from heart complications on Tuesday. He was headed to the airport Friday to retrieve his older brother, Stephen, who flew to New Orleans for the funeral. When Stephen couldn’t reach Baptiste on the telephone, he took a cab to his salon. The ride lasted nearly an hour due to traffic. After Stephen learned the interstate was closed, he was concerned Baptiste might be stuck in traffic on the way to the airport. Eventually, he learned his brother was a victim in the fatal accident.
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