NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A Paterson woman who was intoxicated when she ran a red light on Route 1, struck a car and killed the 80-year-old East Brunswick man driving it has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Elizabeth Gomez, 44, was sentenced Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Colleen M. Flynn, according to a press release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone.
Gomez was ordered to complete 85% of the term before she can be eligible for parole.
In addition, Gomez is subject to a 10-year loss of license to begin upon her release from prison.
The sentence was imposed after Gomez pleaded guilty on Dec. 23, 2019, in accordance with a plea agreement with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams, to second degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated which caused the death of Wen-Fu Lin, 80, of East Brunswick.
Police said on Sept. 22, 2018, Gomez, who was intoxicated, was driving a 2007 BMW X3 on Route 1 near Fashion Plaza Drive when she ran a red light and crashed into a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Lin was killed and his passenger was injured during the early morning crash.