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3 arrested in deadly ATV hit-and-run

Sadie Brown, 25, and Darrin Smith, 25 (Source: OPP) Sadie Brown, 25, and Darrin Smith, 25 (Source: OPP)
Matthew Cousan, 26 (Source: OPP) Matthew Cousan, 26 (Source: OPP)

The ATV passenger and driver who hit and killed a woman and then walked away from the scene were arrested Wednesday.

Darrin Smith Jr. and Sadie Brown, both 25, were jailed in connection with the July 27 accident that fatally injured 37-year-old Daphne Cola outside Kermit Ruffins' Mother-In-Law Lounge on N. Claiborne Avenue.

Smith faces one count of manslaughter and one count of possession of stolen property. Brown faces accessory to manslaughter and possession of stolen property. Police said they believe Smith was driving the stolen four-wheeler and Brown was his passenger. 

Another man, Matthew Cousan, was booked with being an accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice for allegedly helping Brown hide from police.

Police said Smith and Brown were speeding down N. Claiborne Avenue just before midnight on July 27 when Smith lost control of the ATV and struck Cola and a parked vehicle. The ATV flipped several times, ejecting Smith and Brown onto the roadway. Both Smith and Brown walked away from the wreckage and never returned. Cola was taken to the hospital, where she later died. 

"These arrests are a direct result of a strong collaboration between law enforcement and the community on the investigation into this tragic incident," said Lt. Anthony Micheu, Commander of the NOPD Traffic Division. "After reviewing several hours of video surveillance footage, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence and sifting through dozens of tips from the community, I am proud that our detectives are now able to bring the individuals responsible to justice."

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