Tesla Driver Sought in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Motorcyclist in Pasadena

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Police are searching for the driver of a Tesla involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed a motorcyclist in Pasadena late Thursday.

Oscar Chavez is shown in a family photo released Oct. 7, 2016.

Oscar Chavez is shown in a family photo released Oct. 7, 2016.

The gray Tesla four-door sedan was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck the motorcycle about 11:43 p.m. near the intersection of Marengo Avenue and East Washington Boulevard, the Pasadena Police Department stated in a news release.

Police have identified the motorcyclist, who died at the scene, as Oscar Chavez, 60. Family and friends gathered for a vigil in Pasadena Friday night, writing messages and lighting candles.

The driver of the Tesla fled the scene, leaving the rider and the smashed vehicles behind.

The only description given by police was that the driver was a white or Hispanic man.

A motorcycle is loaded onto a tow truck following a fatal hit-and-run crash in Pasadena on Oct. 6, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A motorcycle is loaded onto a tow truck following a fatal hit-and-run crash in Pasadena on Oct. 6, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Edward Chavez, a neighbor of Oscar Chavez, told KTLA the community was shook up by the events.

"Every minute seems like an hour that goes by and I still haven’t got to the point that I can accept nor believe it," he said.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Police Department at 626-744-7159 or 626-744-4620.