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Roy man charged in January crash that killed a minor in his car

By Tim Vandenack - | Aug 3, 2023

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OGDEN — A Roy man faces a felony count of negligent driving resulting in a death for a crash earlier this year that killed a minor in his car and injured several others.

Weber County prosecutors on Wednesday filed 12 charges in all against Cornelius Flores, 31, stemming from the Jan. 14 crash on 31st Street at the northbound ramp to Interstate 15. The most serious count is negligently operating a vehicle resulting in a death, a second-degree felony.

Flores, who allegedly tested positive after the crash for cocaine, tetrahydrocannabinol and alcohol, also faces two counts of negligently operating a car resulting in a serious injury stemming from injuries sustained by two other minors in his car. He faces three more counts of negligently operating a vehicle resulting in an injury, a class A misdemeanor, stemming from injuries of two others in his car and the driver of another car hit by Flores.

Flores, driving after his request for a new driver’s license had been denied, allegedly reached 80 miles per hour preceding the crash. He was driving west on 31st Street when the driver of an eastbound car heading onto the northbound I-15 ramp turned in front of him.

Flores’ vehicle, hauling six minors in all, left the roadway and overturned, ejecting him and the minor who died from the vehicle.

“Reconstruction of the incident revealed that Mr. Flores illegally operated a motor vehicle while unlicensed (denied), with unrestrained minors inside, unsafely passed other traffic in the right lane, accelerating heavily, up to 80 mph with 90% throttle, approaching an intersection, at dusk,” read charging papers. “Impact speed was computed to be approximately 63 mph (in a 45 mph zone).”

Officials are still seeking an arrest warrant for Flores.


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