NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A Paterson woman has pleaded guilty in causing the death of an 80-year-old man and injuring another in a crash on Route 1 in North Brunswick in 2018.
Elizabeth Gomez, 43, of Paterson, the operator of the car, pleaded guilty on Dec. 23, 2019, to second-degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated, according to a press release issued by Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet's office.
Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams, Gomez will be sentenced to a prison term of up to 10 years for causing the crash that killed Wen-Fu Lin, 80, of East Brunswick and injured a 47-year old male passenger in the victim’s car.
This term is subject to the No Early Release Act, so the defendant will have to serve 85% of her prison term before becoming eligible for parole.
In addition, Gomez will be subject to a loss of license upon her release from prison from 5 years to life to be determined at sentencing.
Gomez was arrested and charged as a result of an investigation by Officer Jason Zier of the North Brunswick Police Department and Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation determined that in the early morning hours of 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 causing the death of the driver and injuring his passenger.
Gomez is scheduled to be sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Colleen M. Flynn on March 4, 2020.