Police suspect a driver was impaired when he killed two people and injured seven others, most of them riding bikes, on a busy New Orleans thoroughfare as large crowds gathered in the city for Mardi Gras.

Police spokesman Andy Cunningham said in statement Sunday morning that authorities are waiting for the results of a blood alcohol test, but they believe the suspect was impaired at the time of the deadly crash Saturday evening.

A New Orleans police report says a driver accused of killing two people and injuring seven others in a crash near a Mardi Gras parade told officers: "I have a drinking problem."

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