Officer Romulo Meneses-Alvarez hit with 7 counts including vehicular homicide, tampering w/ physical evidence, and hindering own apprehension or prosecution
Jersey cop charged with numerous crimes after drunken crash leaves young rider dead
On Halloween night of 2017, Jairo Lozano was out riding in mid-2000s Suzuki motorcycle when he was nailed by a 2007 Jeep Wrangler. The violent collision resulted in Lozano being rushed to the hospital where tragically he later passed away. Unfortunately this is where the real story begins.
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Prosecutors allege that behind the Jeep's driver was an off-duty Elizabeth, New Jersey Police Officer named Romulo Meneses-Alvarez. Being a cop hadn’t stopped Meneses-Alvarez from previously getting popped for a myriad of serious driving offenses ranging from careless driving to multiple DUI’s. The investigation that followed the deadly Halloween collision lead to the case against Meneses-Alvarez being presented to a grand jury.
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Though the investigation is still underway, we can make a number of pretty safe assumptions based on the counts against Meneses-Alvarez. He is facing one first-degree count of vehicular homicide within 1,000 feet of a school, one second-degree count of vehicle homicide, one third-degree count of “strict liability—vehicular homicide, two counts of third-degree hindering apprehension or prosecution, one fourth-degree count of obstructing administration of law, and one more fourth-degree count of tampering with physical evidence. While details from the investigation have yet to be released, it would very much appear that Meneses-Alvarez did everything in his power to cover up his crimes.
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Because Meneses-Alvarez previously served as a Union County sheriff's officer, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is working the case. According to a statement released by a spokesperson for the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Meneses-Alvarez was put on immediate suspension sans pay. With the investigation still ongoing, authorities are asking anyone with information regarding the case to contact Detective Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-8842.