ELIZABETH, NJ-- Authorities have criminally charged a 30-year-old Elizabeth police officer in the fatal collision with a motorcycle driven by an Elizabeth man on October 31, 2017, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today.

According to police, on Halloween night, officers responded to the intersection of Elmora Avenue and Vine Street at approximately 11:20 p.m. for a report of a crash.

The victim, Jairo Lozano, 29, of Elizabeth, was struck and killed by the vehicle driven by the off-duty officer Meneses-Alvarez. Lozano was taken to Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

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Meneses-Alvarez, 30, of Elizabeth, was charged on December 12, 2017, with the third-degree crime of strict liability vehicular homicide, for causing a death by driving while intoxicated or under the influence.

Three other motor vehicle summons were previously issued for Alvarez for driving while intoxicated, careless driving, and failing to yield the right of way.

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.


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