Jairo Lozano, 29, was a father of two with “big dreams,” his family said
A former Elizabeth police officer who was driving drunk when he killed a motorcyclist on Halloween wept in court Friday as he took responsibility for what he did – but he’s still fighting the 270-day jail sentence the judge imposed.
The jail and probation sentence were less than prosecutors asked for, and several family members of the victim, Jairo Lozano, 29, left the courtroom upset with the sentence.
The sobs of his mother and sister were heard in the Union County courtroom throughout the hearing, and they told the judge in statements that Meneses-Alvarez took the life of a good man and tampered with evidence to hide his guilt.
“Mr. Meneses moved the vehicle from the scene… He left the scene without taking a sobriety test,” the victim’s sister, Diana Lozano, said through her tears, hands shaking on her typed-up statement.
“We lost a caring, loving, charismatic, honorable, happy and positive person in our lives. He left two children, a loving wife and mother behind. Now they won’t have a father to give them a guide in life,” she said.
Meneses-Alvarez, who pleaded guilty in June, wiped away tears with a handful of tissues when she finished speaking. He was allowed to walk free Friday after the judge granted a one-week stay on the sentence while it is appealed.
Meneses-Alvarez admitted that he was driving drunk on Oct. 31, 2017 when he turned left onto Vine Street from Elmora Avenue without yielding to Lozano, who was going straight through the intersection on a motorcycle. He also admitted to drunk driving and tampering with evidence by moving his vehicle after the crash.
Jairo Lozano (Facebook)
Middlesex Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams, who prosecuted the case because there was a conflict of interest within the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, said in court Friday that Meneses-Alvarez had consumed three gin-and-tonics and some shots at Central Park, a bar in Roselle.
Inexplicably, he took an Uber home from the bar but then decided to drive, getting behind the wheel of his Jeep Wrangler, Abrams said.
After the crash, Meneses-Alvarez stayed on scene but moved his vehicle, making it more difficult for the officers — his colleagues — to investigate the crash. Body-camera footage from the scene shows that when officers arrived, Meneses-Alvarez was kneeling beside Lozano, who unconscious, and helped EMS workers get …read more
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