SJ Man Who Fled to India Charged with Fatal Hit-Run

Pawanjit Singh, 25, was charged in connection with the death of Jennifer Flores.

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Friday, Jun 1, 2012  |  Updated 7:19 PM PDT
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The mother of Jennifer Flores, who was allegedly thrown from an SUV and backed over and killed, wanted prosecutors to bring murder charges against the driver. The driver was arrested at SFO and is being held on $200,000 bond.

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The mother of Jennifer Flores, who was allegedly thrown from an SUV and backed over and killed, wanted prosecutors to bring murder charges against the driver. The driver was arrested at SFO and is being held on $200,000 bond.

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The man accused of pushing a San Jose mother out of his car, running over her and killing her, was charged Friday with gross vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run.
 
Pawanjit Singh, 25, did not enter a pleae and his court date was delayed until June 8 so he could get a Punjabi interpreter.

His arraignment follows a Wednesday arrest by the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety upon his return to San Francisco International Airport. He had flown there on March 26, the day after he is accused of pushing Jennifer Flores out of his SUV, and running over her before leaving the scene.

Flores' mother, Abby Todd, was at the hearing Friday and she described her daughter as a loving mother of two boys and did not know how she ended up with Singh, a man she didn't know.

According to court documents filed Friday, the exact nature of Singh and Flores' relationship was not spelled out.

But the documents show that she and Singh had arranged by text to meet at Grewalz Liquors on May 25. Flores was dropped off about 9:15 p.m. by a man named Hector Leanos. The two soon switched to a different liquor store, Voyager Liquors in Sunnyvale. Flores kept Leanos apprised of her whereabouts by text, the records state, and he was keeping tabs on her and Singh.

The relationship of Flores and Leanos were also not directly spelled out in the documents. Todd told NBC Bay Area she did not know the nature of the two's relationship either.

At about 10:40 p.m. Flores called Leanos, asking him to pick her up because she had a "dispute" with Singh. Singh then called her and asked her for a second chance. She agreed, with Leanos staying close behind, observing from his car, the reports state.

At about 11:30 p.m., Leanos heard Flores and Singh fighting again -- Flores had purposely left the line open on her phone so that Leanos could listen in.

Then, Leanos said he saw Flores get pushed out of the sports utility vehicle and fall on the road. Singh then, according to the documents, reversed, hitting some garbage cans, and then rammed his  vehicle into Flores, killing her.

Since her death, Sunnyvale police have worked with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Singh's attorney, to bring him back to the Bay Area on his own, without having to legally extradite.
On Wednesday, police said they received a tip that Singh had boarded a plane back to the Bay Area.

Contact Lisa Fernandez at lisa.fernandez@nbcuni.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/ljfernandez.

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