Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced that a Paterson woman has been sentenced to serve 6 years in prison for causing the death of an 80-year-old man in a crash shortly after midnight on September 22, 2018.
Elizabeth Gomez, 44, of Paterson, was sentenced yesterday to serve 6 years in a New Jersey state prison. Superior Court Judge Colleen M. Flynn ordered that the defendant must complete 85 percent of the term before she can be eligible for parole.
In addition, the Judge ordered that Gomez is subject to a 10-year loss of license to begin upon her release from prison.
The sentence was imposed after Gomez pleaded guilty on December 23, 2019, in accordance with a plea agreement with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams, to second-degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated which caused the death of Wen-Fu Lin, 80, of East Brunswick.
Gomez was charged following an investigation by the North Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office which determined that in the early morning hours of September 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.