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 Sept. 22, 2018.
Elizabeth Gomez, 44, of Paterson, was sentenced on Aug. 5 to serve 6 years in a New Jersey state prison. Superior Court Judge Colleen M. Flynn ordered that the defendant must complete 85% of the term before she can be eligible for parole, according to information provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone on Aug. 6.
In addition, Flynn 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 Dec. 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, according to the statement.
Gomez was charged following an investigation by Officer Jason Zier of the North Brunswick Police Department and Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, which 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, according to the statement.