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NEWORLEANS - As a family and the New Orleans Police Department coped with the loss of an officer killed in a hit and run, the search continued for the vehicle involved in the Sunday morning accident.

The incident occurred on Interstate-10 around 1 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near the highrise.

Officer Rodney Thomas was driving home from his Second District night shift when he got into a fender bender, police said.

He exited his car to check on the other driver when another vehicle struck him and sped off, according to the NOPD.

He died at the hospital.

Police gathered surveillance video that could help track down the driver of a white 2011 or 2012 Porsche Panamera that has extensive damage to the right, front side and a missing light kit.

The eight-year NOPD veteran left behind a wife and two children. He is remembered as a caring, devoted officer.

'He was by far the most dedicated, compassionate, precious man I ever met,' said Cecile Tebo, a retired NOPD crisis unit commander.

'Officer Thomas is exactly what we were looking for to turn this police department around. He is going to be incredibly missed by his family, his wife, his children, his extended family and certainly the people of New Orleans and this police department,' NOPD Supt. RonalSerpas said.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 822-1111. Tips can be left anonymously and a $5000 reward is available.

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