Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that a 20-year-old man from the Parlin section of Sayreville has been sentenced to serve seven years in prison for causing a drunk-driving crash that killed his passenger.
Nicholas Gomes was sentenced in New Brunswick on November 12, 2015 by Superior Court Judge Barry A. Weisberg, who said the defendant must complete 85 percent of the term before he can be eligible for parole.
The judge also suspended the defendant’s driver’s license for 10 years.
Gomes pleaded guilty on September 11, 2015 to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence, admitting he was intoxicated and drove recklessly when he crashed his vehicle and caused the death of Brandon Narleski, 19, of Parlin on November 9, 2014.
Gomes pleaded guilty under an agreement reached with Middlesex County Prosecutor Allysa Gambarella.
The defendant was charged after Officer David Sivilli of the Sayreville Police Department and Detective Sgt. Michael Daniewicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Gomes was traveling south on Route 9 near Bordentown Avenue when the 1997 Mercedes E-420 he was driving struck the concrete highway divider shortly before 10:53 p.m.
Gomes’ front-seat passenger was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.