SJ Man Who Flew to India Arrested For Fatal Hit-Run

Pawanjit Singh, 25, was taken into custody Wednesday at San Francisco International Airport in connection with the death of Jennifer Flores.

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    The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said Thursday that detectives have arrested a San Jose man who flew to India after a car accident that killed his 28-year-old passenger.

    Pawanjit Singh, 25, was taken into custody Wednesday at San Francisco International Airport upon his 7 p.m. arrival there, according to Capt. Dave Verbrugge.

    Singh was returning from India, where he had flown to a day after Jennifer Flores of San Jose was killed in a March 25 hit-and-run car accident, police said.

    Flores was at least an acquaintance of Singh's, Verbrugge said, adding that he didn't know the exact nature of the relationship. Police said that Singh and Flores had an "altercation" about 11:30 p.m., and Singh had allegedly pushed her out of his Acura MDX in the 1300 block of Socorro Avenue, ran over her, and took off.

    According to Flores' obituary notice at the Chapel of Flowers in San Jose, Flores was a mother to two boys, an 8-year-old and a six-month-old.

    Sunnyvale police have worked the last several weeks 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.

    Singh was booked at Santa Clara County Main Jail on $1 million bail. He is expected to be in court Friday to be arraigned.

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