Glendale police identify vehicle model in fatal hit-and-run, release surveillance video

By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale police investigators have released surveillance video of a fatal hit-and-run and believe they have identified the vehicle model involved.

At around 11 p.m. on April 26, Pete Rivas, 62, was struck and killed by a white four-door SUV while crossing Bethany Home Road in an unmarked crosswalk at 60th Avenue.

Glendale Police Vehicular Crimes investigators gathered evidence from the scene, which included damaged vehicle parts, and believe the vehicle was likely a white 1996 to 1999 Chevy Tahoe. Investigators believe the vehicle sustained noticeable damage to the front end from the middle to the passenger's side. The SUV also had dark tinted windows and custom rims and tires.

Police said the driver didn't stop or seek help for Rivas. Instead, he reportedly drove to a nearby Circle K, got out to inspect the front of his vehicle, then got back inside and fled with a black male passenger.

The driver was described as a black male, about 30 years old, with a muscular build and short dark hair, which was possibly braided.

Investigators obtained surveillance video of the SUV hitting Rivas (see video above). In the upper right corner of the video, the white SUV is traveling eastbound close to the curb. As the SUV continues to travel, as seen in the upper left corner of the video, Rivas is on the ground sliding to a stop.

Police are asking for the public's help to solve this crime. Anyone with information about the driver or vehicle is asked to contact the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.