Middlesex County, NJ - An Elizabeth Police Officer has pleaded guilty in the fatal crash that authorities say caused the death of a 29-year old man from Elizabeth on October 31, 2017.
According to Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, Elizabeth Police Officer Romulo Meneses-Alvarez, 30, of Elizabeth, admitted to strict liability vehicular homicide in the third degree, tampering with physical evidence in the fourth degree, and driving while intoxicated in the death of Jairo Lozano, 29, of Elizabeth.
According to Authorities, after an investigation, it was determined that on October 31, 2017, while off-duty, Alvarez was driving his personal car, a 2007 Jeep Wrangler, and collided with Jairo Lozano’s 2005 GSX Suzuki motorcycle at the intersection of Elmora Avenue and Vine Street in Elizabeth.
Lozano was taken to Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth where authorities said he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
Alvarez will be sentenced to 364 days in county jail as a condition of the probation he will serve upon his release. In addition, he will forfeit his current public employment with the Elizabeth Police Department. He will also lose his driver’s license for driving while intoxicated, according to Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams.
Alvarez is scheduled to be sentenced in Union County by Superior Court Judge Deitch on July 13.