ELIZABETH, NJ – The 4-year-old daughter of a motorcyclist killed in a crash involving a former Elizabeth police officer will be paid a $282,000 settlement, according to NJ.com.
29-year-old Jairo Lozano of Elizabeth was fatally struck on Elmora Avenue by Romulo Meneses-Alvarez, who was off-duty at the time of the accident on Halloween 2017.
Meneses-Alvarez had been drinking at Central Park, a bar and restaurant in Roselle, and admitted crashing his Jeep into Lozano after leaving the establishment. The bar agreed to the settlement June 2 after Lozano’s mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2018.
The suit also named Meneses-Alvarez, who settled for $17,500 according to court records.
He pleaded guilty to several charges, including third-degree strict liability vehicular homicide, and was sentenced to 270 days in jail but was released after 88 days.
The lawsuit accused Central Park of “carelessly and negligently” continuing to serve alcohol to the former police officer after he was already visibly intoxicated.
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