ELIZABETH, NJ - An off-duty Elizabeth police officer was indicted on Friday in the fatal collision with a motorcycle causing the death of an Elizabeth man on October 31, 2017.
Elizabeth Police Officer Romulo Meneses-Alvarez, 30, was indicted for one count of vehicular homicide in the second degree, one count of vehicular homicide within 1,000 feet of school property in the first degree, one count of strict liability vehicular homicide in the third degree, two counts of hindering his own apprehension or prosecution in the third degree, one count of tampering with physical evidence in the fourth degree, and one count of obstructing administration of law in the fourth degree said Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey
Three other motor vehicle summons were previously issued for Alvarez for driving while intoxicated, careless driving, and failing to yield the right of way.
Authorities said an investigation determined that off-duty Alvarez was driving his personal car, a 2007 Jeep Wrangler, heading south on Elmora Avenue in Elizabeth. At the intersection of Elmora Avenue and Vine Street Alvarez collided with a 2005 GSX Suzuki motorcycle driven by Jairo Lozano, 29, of Elizabeth. Lozano was taken to Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-8842.