Texas Man in Custody After Striking Pedestrian, Driving 38 Miles with Victim’s Dead Body Still in Car: Police

By | December 17, 2023

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Accident – death – Obituary News : A Texas man has been taken into custody after allegedly hitting a pedestrian with his car, causing the victim’s body to be thrown through the windshield and into the passenger seat. Shockingly, the suspect then drove 38 miles to a Jack in the Box restaurant with the deceased body still inside the vehicle, according to the White Settlement Police Department.

The incident came to light when the police received a welfare check call on Saturday night. Upon arrival at the scene, officers discovered a gray Kia Forte in the Jack in the Box parking lot, with significant damage to the front end and windshield. Disturbingly, they also noticed what appeared to be a dead human being in the front passenger seat. The driver, later identified as 31-year-old Nestor Joel Lujan Flores, was immediately detained by the officer.

Emergency crews were called to the scene, and upon examination, they determined that the passenger in Flores’s vehicle was deceased. Flores claimed that he believed he had hit an animal in Dallas and had continued driving until he reached the Jack in the Box parking lot. However, he never reported the incident to the police or emergency responders.

Authorities sent out an alert to other police departments in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to check if they had received any reports of a hit-and-run or pedestrian crash, but none had been reported at that time.

The following morning, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office informed the White Settlement Police Department of a crash on the westbound service road of Highway 30 near Cockrell Road. They reported finding human remains near the roadway that matched the victim’s body recovered from Flores’s vehicle.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office has taken over the investigation since it is believed that the crash occurred within their jurisdiction. The Dallas and Tarrant County medical examiner’s offices will collaborate to identify the victim.

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Detectives believe that the impact of the collision was so severe that the victim’s body was forcefully ejected through the windshield and landed on the passenger seat. Flores’s vehicle has been impounded for further investigation, and a blood search warrant has been obtained, awaiting test results.

Flores remains in custody on a pending charge of intoxicated manslaughter. The White Settlement Police Department revealed that he had previously been arrested in 2020 by the Plano Police Department for driving while intoxicated and was convicted on the same charge in Collin County in 2021.

It is truly a tragic and disturbing incident that has shocked the local community. The investigation will continue to shed light on the circumstances surrounding this horrifying event.

Greg Wehner is a breaking news reporter for Fox News Digital. For any story tips, you can reach out to him at Greg.Wehner@Fox.com or follow him on Twitter @GregWehner..