ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — An off-duty New Jersey police officer has been indicted in a crash that killed a motorcyclist last fall.
The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office said 30-year-old Elizabeth officer Romulo Meneses-Alvarez was indicted on vehicular homicide, evidence-tampering, hindering apprehension and obstruction counts in the Oct. 31 crash.
Authorities said he was off duty and driving a Jeep Wrangler when he collided with the victim’s motorcycle in Elizabeth, killing 29-year-old Jairo Lozano.
The defendant was earlier issued motor vehicle summons for driving while intoxicated, careless driving, and failing to yield the right of way.
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Middlesex County prosecutors are handling the case because Union County prosecutors have an unspecified conflict.
The Elizabeth Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local #4 didn’t immediately return a call and message Saturday to ask whether the organization was representing him.