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Family Wants Stiffer Charge in SJ Fatal Hit-Run

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



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    The family of a 28-year-old woman killed when her date ran over her spoke out Friday, saying they wish the suspect was charged with murder, not a lesser charge.

    Monica McGuiness, the sister of the slain Jennifer Flores, said Friday: "Justice must be served. The maximum he can get is six years on a manslaughter charge and then he has his whole life to live, but Jenny is gone forever."

    McGuiness and others gathered at the San Jose Hall of Justice Friday as  Pawanjit Singh, 25, who did not enter a plea. His case was continued another month.

    His is facing vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges following the May 25 death of Flores.

    Family Wanted Murder Charge in Hit-and-Run

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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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    Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Cindy Hendrickson told the family outside court that there wasn't enough evidence to charge Singh with murder.

    Court documents show that Flores 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.

    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.

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