Glendale police seek public's help in fatal hit-and-run

Glendale police seek public's help in fatal hit-and-run

Credit: Glendale Police Department

Glendale police seek public's help in fatal hit-and-run

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 2:06 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale police are asking for the public's help in identifying the driver who struck and killed a pedestrian Saturday night.

Police have released a surveillance photo of the vehicle and say they are enhancing the quality of the video for release.

Vehicular crimes investigators have not yet identified the make and model of the vehicle based on the video and parts gathered at the scene, but say they are searching for a white, four-door SUV. It has dark tinted windows, and custom rims and tires.

Police said the SUV likely sustained noticeable front-end damage in the crash.

Pete Rivas, 62, was crossing Bethany Home Road from north to south in an unmarked crosswalk near 60th Avenue when he was struck by the eastbound SUV, according to police.

It happened sometime between 11 p.m. and 11:15 p.m., police said.

Rivas was treated by Glendale Fire Department paramedics at the scene and transported to a local hospital where he later died.

Police said the driver failed to stop until he reached a Circle K at 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. He reportedly inspected the front of his SUV at the convenience store then fled on 59th Avenue with his male passenger.

The driver is described as a 30-year-old black man with a muscular build and short dark hair, which was possibly braided at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Driver sought in deadly hit-and-run in Glendale

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