Man charged with murder after hit and run

Published On: Oct 30 2013 07:21:57 AM CDT   Updated On: Jan 08 2014 03:36:53 PM CST
Javier S. Rizo

Police want to talk with this man in connection with a deadly crash in Wichita.


Prosecutors have filed second-degree murder charged in connection to a deadly hit and run accident last year.

Police say Javier Rizo, 23, was arrested Sunday after a tip was called in to Crime Stoppers. He made his first appearance in court Wednesday. He also faces charges of aggravated battery and fleeing from officers.

Rizo was wanted for an Oct. 27 accident that killed Maria Martinez. Police said Rizo failed to stop at a stop sign following a police chase, then struck a vehicle Martinez was riding in.

Rizo remains jailed on $500,000 bond. He will return to court for a preliminary hearing Jan. 23.


Wichita police are looking for a man who may be connected to a deadly crash that occurred early Sunday morning.

Detectives say they want to talk to 22-year-old Javier S. Rizo. He is wanted on two warrants. One warrant is for absconding. They say someone in Wichita knows Rizo and his whereabouts.

Police say they had just ended a chase Sunday morning when a van ran a stop sign at 24th & Arkansas. It crashed into a vehicle carrying Maria Martinez. Two people in the van ran away from the scene. No one has been arrested. Martinez died at the hospital.

Police say 28 people have died in 25 collisions this year. That is compared to 24 deaths from 23 collisions in 2012.