NEW BRUNSWICK — A motorist was sentenced today to serve up to 13 years in a New Jersey state prison for fleeing after striking and killing a 52-year-old pedestrian on her way to church in New Brunswick nearly a year ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced.
Brian Clements, 51, of Manalapan was sentenced to eight years in prison for vehicular homicide, and an additional five years to be served consecutively for leaving the scene after striking Silvia Reyes-Ramos, 52, of New Brunswick.
In addition, Clements was ordered to serve at least 85 percent of the eight-year portion of the sentence before he can be eligible for parole. He will be placed on parole supervision for three years after he is released from custody.
Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz imposed the sentence during a hearing at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.
Clements pleaded guilty on Dec. 4, 2012, under an agreement reached with Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet.
Clements surrendered to police in New Brunswick on April 11, 2012, after Officer Mark Smith of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office traced the defendant’s 2012 burgundy Ford Edge and linked him to the March 30, 2012 hit-and-run fatality.
The investigators determined that Clements was intoxicated and was driving at a high rate of speed when his vehicle struck the woman at 7:06 p.m. as she was crossing Somerset Street at the Alexander Street intersection in New Brunswick, according to a criminal complaint filed against the defendant.
Ms. Reyes-Ramos was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she was pronounced dead on March 31, 2012.
Ms. Reyes-Ramos, the mother of four adult daughters and a 9-year-old son, was on her way to church when she was hit by Clements’s sport utility vehicle. The children were not with her when she was struck.
After fleeing, the defendant took the Ford Edge for repairs at an auto body shop, but surrendered the vehicle to authorities on April 10, 2012.
Kaplan and Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department, credited tireless police work with tracing Clements, and praised the work of Officer Smith and Investigator Crocco for their extraordinary efforts to find the vehicle and the defendant.
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