UPDATE: On Thursday March 30, 2023 at 5:39 A.M., City Of Orange Police Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of MLK Jr. Dr. in reference to an auto-pedestrian collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers located a black female, who was later identified as Nikki Danene Smith, 52 years of age. Acadian Ambulance arrived on scene and transported Smith to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas, where she later succumbed to her injuries. Currently this case is being investigated by the Orange Police Department Detective Division. The driver of the vehicle that struck Smith is fully cooperating with the investigation.
Early Thursday morning Orange Police were called to the 600 block of MLK for an unresponsive female.
Police found a woman who was then transported to a Beaumont Hospital where she later died. She was pronounced dead by Jefferson County JP Benjamin Collins.
Orange Police have not released any information about the woman. Reports were that she was carrying a Louisiana ID and had been struck by a vehicle. Orange Police have confirmed neither as their investigation continues. They also went back to the scene during the day to try to recreate what they believed happened.