County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Tanisha Gomez (DOB 06/18/85) of 132-39 88th Street, Ozone
Park, New York, was sentenced today to an indeterminate term of three to nine
years in state prison on her guilty plea to all counts of a nine count
indictment that charged her with:
three counts of Aggravated
Vehicular Homicide, class “B” Felonies,
one count of Manslaughter in
the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
one count of Vehicular
Assault in the First Degree, a class “D” Felony,
one count of Aggravated
Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified Misdemeanor in the New York
State Vehicle and Traffic Law,
two counts of Driving While
Intoxicated, unclassified Misdemeanors in the New York State Vehicle and
one count of Reckless Driving,
an unclassified Misdemeanor in the New York State Vehicle and Traffic
On July 24, 2011 at approximately , the defendant struck another
vehicle head on as she was driving northbound in the southbound lanes of the
New England Thruway in New Rochelle.
been driving her vehicle in the wrong direction on the Thruway for at least
6.4 miles in New York City and WestchesterCounty.
alcohol content (BAC) taken after the collision was
determined to be a .19, more than twice the legal limit of .08.
defendant who was alone in her car and the driver and the front seat passenger
of the victim’s vehicle were all extricated from their vehicles with the
assistance of emergency crews from New Rochelle who responded to the accident
scene along with the New York State Police.
seat passenger, Reginald Lee, was later pronounced dead at SoundShoreMedicalCenter in New Rochelle.
driver of the vehicle that was struck sustained serious physical injuries.
defendant was also injured in the crash and was treated at JacobiMedicalCenter in the Bronx.
District Attorney Jonathan Strongin of the Superior
Court Trial Division prosecuted the case.