UPDATE: Suspect Arrested Nov 2019, see below…
Mother wants justice for son killed while bicycling
Updated: Mar 10, 2015 11:56 PM
By Erin Kennedy
PHOENIX – A Valley mother is hoping to make some progress in a cold case involving the death of her son.
It was seven years ago this week that Bonnie Wedo’s oldest son, Jason, 29, was hit by a car and killed while riding his bike to a friend’s house to help them move.
“I miss him. He was my heart and my soul. He was my best friend,” Bonnie said.
Police know who hit Jason, but they can’t find him.
Christopher Flores was 18 when he struck and killed Jason on September 23, 2006. He was impaired by marijuana at the time of the collision. Flores was driving eastbound on McKellips Road, just east of Dobson Road. [another version of the story adds that the driver “allegedly hit a bicyclist riding close to the shoulder of the road”]
A warrant was issued for Flores’s arrest on May 8, 2008, but he has not been seen since the <a-word>.
“To know that the person responsible isn’t coming forth as being responsible, it just really breaks my heart as a mother,” Bonnie said.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals Service have made efforts searching for Flores, but they cannot find him. Flores was released at the scene and is now 25 (I think they mean he was 25 in Mar 2013 from the earlier version of this story…).
Flores’ family is not being cooperative with the search either, Bonnie said.
If the suspect was found and held accountable, Bonnie said it would mean a lot to her.
“I think it would mean everything to me as a mother,” Bonnie said. “I just would like to see him and be able to be face to face with him and just let him understand that Jason was a person.”
Jason was also a father to his daughter Kaya at the time of his death.
Scottsdale is Flores’ last known residence.
If you have any information regarding this case, call the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office at (602) 876-1011, or leave a tip on their website at www.mcso.org/TechnoCops.
An earlier version of this story from 2013.
Wanted poster on www.crimestoppersweb.com
Here’s an update (no new info) via a Silent Witness news item 10/1/2018.
It’s tagged hit-and-run but upon re-reading I don’t think it was; he ran from the law afterwards, but not from the scene.
Driver Finally Arrested in Mexico, 2019
Fugitive sought in 2006 bike fatality near Mesa arrested in Mexico
Christopher Roth, Arizona Republic
Published 6:17 p.m. MT Nov. 25, 2019
… A fugitive sought in 2006 bike fatality near Mesa has been arrested in Mexico, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said. Christopher Flores was captured in Puerto Vallarta after being on the run for more than a decade, the Sheriff’s Office said, adding he was arrested with assistance from authorities in Mexican and the U.S. Marshals Service.
…Flores, 31, was wanted in connection with a fatal crash that occurred in the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2006, officials said. Flores was driving his Toyota eastbound on McKellips Road, approximately about two miles east of Dobson Road in a county island, when his vehicle veered from the road at a curve and struck bicyclist Jason Wedo from behind, the Sheriff’s Office said.
…Flores, who was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol, continued traveling east after the collision and drove approximately 415 feet, before the vehicle overturned, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The investigation of locating the fugitve was extensive
U.S. Marshals spent more than a decade looking for Flores, his arrest became a “priority case.”
“We chased him literally around the world. We followed leads in Central America, Europe, [and] Mexico. That’s finally where we placed him,” said Timothy Hughes, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona.
The deputy working the case reportedly found family members funding a bank account in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Other family members allegedly helped him obtain a Mexican ID under false pretenses.
It was not easy locating him, and lots of paperwork was involved, but the Marshals were able to coordinate his capture with the help of Mexican law enforcement.