Son of Police Officer Charged in Deadly Mardi Gras Car Accident

A New Orleans police officer’s son was held on over $500,000 bond after a vehicle collision killed two people and injured seven others.

The accident took place on a busy street near the Mardi Gras parade. Three of the injured are in critical condition.


Tashonty C. Toney had just celebrated his 32nd birthday and was likely impaired, according to New Orleans police spokesman Andy Cunningham. Court records quoted Toney as saying to officers, “I have a drinking problem. I should have gotten help.”

Toney was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, as well as seven counts of vehicular negligent injury, hit and run, and reckless operation.

Victims of the drunk driving accident

A man and a woman, both approximately 30 years of age, were killed in the collision. The age range of the injured parties is 28 to 65 years old.

EMS arrived on the scene within minutes to provide treatment to the victims of the car crash. The names and status of the deceased and injured have not been disclosed at this time.

Details about the collision

Witnesses on the scene told local NBC affiliate WDSU that Toney’s car sideswiped several vehicles before coming to a stop outside of a restaurant. The driver tried to flee the scene, but bystanders jumped in to apprehend the drunk driver.

The series of collisions happened on Esplanade Avenue, very close to the Krewe of Endymion parade route.

The driver reportedly asked bystanders if he had killed anybody and also said, “Call my daddy. He’s NOPD.”

Toney’s police ties will have no bearing on criminal proceedings

Cunningham has stated, “During the course of the investigation it has been learned the subject is the son of an NOPD Officer,” adding, “This discovery does not change and will not impact our department’s investigation which will be open and transparent.”

According to jail records, Toney was checked into the Orleans Justice Center at 5:18 a.m. last Sunday.