Kenner man arrested for hit and run of an 8-year-old

Published 1:32 pm Monday, March 1, 2021

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On February 28 at 6:40 p.m. Kenner Police responded to a hit and run accident in the 600 block of Vintage Drive, of an eight-year-old child struck by a vehicle.
Officers learned that the child was on a battery-operated bicycle leaving Kenner City Park with a family member. The child attempted to cross over Vintage Drive from the south side of Vintage to the north side of Vintage.
Witnesses to the accident advised police that the suspect vehicle stopped after striking the child. The driver exited his vehicle, walked to the back of his vehicle and after realizing someone was on the ground, he re-entered his vehicle and fled the scene.
The victim suffered a skull fracture, was rushed to an area hospital and is in critical condition.
A witness followed the suspect, obtained a picture of his vehicle and followed him to the South Lake Village subdivision in Kenner.
Officers later located the vehicle parked in front of a residence in the South Lake subdivision. Based on witnesses’ description of the suspect and evidence found on the vehicle in front of the residence, the owner of the vehicle was arrested.
Juan Orellana, 43, Kenner, was arrested and charged with RS14:100.C.2 Hit and Run Serious Bodily Injury
Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser commends the actions of witnesses on scene and credits them with assisting the Kenner Police in making a swift arrest in this horrific accident.
Anyone having any information are asked to contact the Kenner Police at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.