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West Valley man surrenders, faces charges in fatal auto-pedestrian crash

A West Valley man was charged Friday with failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing death after allegedly hitting and killing a man Monday night, then driving away.

A West Valley man was charged Friday with failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing death after allegedly hitting and killing a man Monday night, then driving away. (Alex Schmidt, Shutterstock)


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WEST VALLEY CITY — A West Valley man has been identified as the person who police say hit and killed a pedestrian crossing a road earlier this week and then drove off.

Jose Julian Flores, 21, was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving death, a third-degree felony; obstructing justice, a class A misdemeanor; and failing to exercise due care around a pedestrian, an infraction. He was taken into custody Saturday morning after surrendering to police.

About 7:30 p.m. Monday, Joel E. Lewis, 39, was hit and killed while crossing 7200 West at 3245 South. Witnesses stated they saw the truck that hit Lewis slow down for a minute and then take off, according to charging documents.

On Thursday, police said they received a tip that Flores had been looking for someone to help him tow his girlfriend's truck from a Salt Lake County residence.

"The concerned citizen stated that upon arrival at the residence, Flores directed him to the back of the property where the truck was parked. The concerned citizen stated that he observed front-end damage to the truck, which Flores stated was caused by hitting a deer," according to the charges.

When the witness took a picture with a cellphone, "Flores became upset, telling him to stop taking photos," the charges state.

The man transported the truck to another residence in Salt Lake City. But "it wasn't until he saw the news story the next day about the fatal accident that he realized something was wrong," the charging documents say.

When the man called a friend to find out more information, he learned that Flores and his girlfriend "were trying to get to Mexico," the charges state.

On Thursday, Flores called police and "stated he wanted to turn himself in for what he had done. Flores stated that he was driving his girlfriend's truck that night to go and pick something up. Flores stated he saw Lewis' face on the windshield when the accident happened and took off because he was scared," according to the court documents.

Police say Flores called them from Oregon but claimed he was returning to Utah to turn himself in, the charges state. He arrived back in Utah early Saturday and was arrested.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.

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