Hit-and-run crash in SE Portland kills man, 34

Police searching for smaller, white vehicle that fled the scene

Chris Chandler, 34, was killed in an early morning hit-and-run in SE Portland, Sept. 27, 2015 (Facebook)
Chris Chandler, 34, was killed in an early morning hit-and-run in SE Portland, Sept. 27, 2015 (Facebook)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Community members are mourning the loss of a local musician who was killed after being hit by a car in the Kern neighborhood early Sunday morning.

Friends and community members are mourning the death of Chris Chandler, 34. (Facebook)
Friends and community members are mourning the death of Chris Chandler, 34. (Facebook)

When officers arrived at SE 29th and Stark Street around 2 a.m. they found 34-year-old Christopher Brian Chandler with traumatic injuries.

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but died a few hours later.

According to witnesses, the driver was heading west on Stark Street when the crash occurred. He did not stay at the scene.

“I’m shocked, I mean who would do this?” Kristi Nelson said. “Who would drive away and not look back? I mean, they took a life and a very, very special life.”

Witnesses told KOIN 6 News Chandler was helping a friend carry band gear right before he was fatally hit. He was reportedly watching a live band at a local music venue earlier in the night.

“The music and his friends, that’s what he lived for,” she said. “Chris was such a beautiful soul… very genuine music lover, a musician himself, a huge supporter of his friends and family.”

The suspect was driving a white, mid-2000s Honda Civic 4-door, with a possible license plate of IVD-1036, but the state is not known. The car possibly has front end damage and a broken windshield.

Police said the driver is described as a white man with short, possibly blonde hair.

Anyone with information about the crash should call 503-823-3333 or lead investigator, Officer Erik Koppang, at 503-823-2216, erik.koppang@portlandoregon.gov.

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