Statement regarding Esplanade Avenue bike incident

We are saddened to report that staff of Friends of Lafitte Greenway were involved in the senseless and violent incident Saturday night after the Endymion parade. Executive Director Sophie Harris Vorhoff sustained multiple injuries and is in intensive care at a local hospital. Program Director Nellie Catzen was released from the hospital on Sunday. Sophie and Nellie were with four others – including Sophie’s husband – who were on bikes on their way from an Endymion party to a downtown parade.

“The board and staff of Friends of Lafitte Greenway along with their extended community of friends and family are reeling,” said board President Kevin Centanni. “We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of David Hynes and Sharree Walls along with the others who were injured.”

Sharree Walls and David Hynes were friends and allies of Friends of Lafitte Greenway and our efforts. The loss of them strikes at everything we stand for.

Safety on our streets requires a deep commitment and collective effort at all levels of our community. From envisioning and investing in safe dedicated infrastructure for people on foot and on bikes, to individual and community accountability to prevent drunk driving; we all have a role to play in building a safer community. Friends of Lafitte Greenway is committed to building a safer future with the support of our allies at the City; bike, pedestrian, and transit advocates; and our friends, supporters, and neighbors. 


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  • Jenny Greig
    commented 2019-04-13 23:34:40 -0500
    Just saw this. The greenway has been a research project for school for me, my best wishes go out to all of you. Sophie Harris, hope you are recovered by now and thanks again for reaching out to me.
  • Jean Lucy Thomas
    commented 2019-03-06 11:32:56 -0600
    Praying for their speedy recovery and healing. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
  • Anna McKeon
    commented 2019-03-04 16:39:16 -0600
    OMG!! I didnt realize Sophie and Nellie were in the group. This hits close!! I wish them and the others to heal, but emotionally that may take so me time since they lost teo of their friends.