New Rochelle I-95 One Way Crash Driver is Sentenced

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WHITE PLAINS, NEW ROCHELLE — The driver in that horrific one way crash on I-95 in New Rochelle last summer was sentenced today to 3-9 years in state prison. The counts included Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Driving while Intoxicated and Reckless Driving.

Tanisha Gomez, of Queens, had pleaded guilty to driving more than six miles northbound on the wrong side of Interstate 95, through New York City and Westchester.  She struck a 2005 Nissan on the southbound side of I-95 at about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday July 24 near the Larchmont toll plaza, in New Rochelle.

A passenger in the other car was killed.

Gomez’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

The accident was one of three high-profile wrong-way crashes on Westchester County highways over the course of two years.

4 thoughts on “New Rochelle I-95 One Way Crash Driver is Sentenced

    • The Loop seem to have missed that one of the felonies was ‘second-degree manslaughter’ – that’s what was charged and that sounds about right to me. Don’t trivialise murder; there’s no evidence she targeted the victims or set out to intentionally kill or injure anyone.

      • Thanks, Mike. Here is what I got from the DA:
        • 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 Traffic Law,
        • one count of Reckless Driving, an unclassified Misdemeanor in the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

      • If it were your kid, would 3 years seem about right to you (and will she get parolled in half that time)?

        An ‘accident’ is when you swerve to miss a deer and instead hit another. Downing 6-8 drinks, driving the wrong way for SIX miles on the 95 and killing someone as a result? It may not be premeditated, but there is a certain level of stupidity that dictates intent.

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