Children of Popular Pasadena Motorcyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run File Suit Against Owner of Car That Fatally Struck Their Father

60-year-old Pasadena resident Gary Oscar Chavez was struck and killed by a speeding Tesla four-door sedan at 11:43 p.m. on October 6, 2016.

Published : Friday, June 2, 2017 | 5:13 AM

Oscar Chavez, 60, was struck and killed by a speeding Tesla

The children of a popular local motorcyclist killed in a hit-and-run collision in Pasadena last year have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against the owner of the car which struck him.

There have as yet been no arrests resulting from October 6, 2016 fatal crash which killed 60-year-old Pasadena resident Gary Oscar Chavez. The car which struck Chavez had reportedly been stolen earlier that night, and after the collision its unknown driver fled.

The lawsuit filed Thursday alleges negligence and wrongful death against Charles Zweiback, the owner of the gray 2015 Tesla Model S 85D which ran down Chavez, according to City News Service.

The action was brought by Brandon Chavez of Pasadena, Andrea Barry of Rialto, Christie Chavez of Los Angeles, Monique Chavez of Moreno Valley and Christopher Chavez of Tarzana, CNS said.

Zweiback could not be reached for comment on the suit, which seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, CNS said.

The lawsuit, which does identify the driver of the car and refers to that person only as “Doe 1,” alleges that Zweiback “knew or should have known that Doe 1 was incompetent and unfit” to drive the car.

Zweiback and Doe 1 “acted with malice in that they engaged in despicable conduct in conscious disregard” of the rights and safety of Chavez and his children, CNS said the lawsuit alleges.

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