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Man Faces Vehicular Homicide Charges After West Milford Car Accident


Posted on Dec 30, 2012

A 58-year-old car accident victim succumbed to her injuries after being struck in a West Milford car crash, leading police to charge the driver who hit her with vehicular homicide. 

Twenty-one-year-old Sonny Gorzala of Oak Ridge was driving on Macopin Road on November 9 when he suddenly swerved his Audi into the southbound lane, striking a Ford Taurus before crashing head-on into a Nissan Sentra. 

Rosemary Puig, the driver of the Sentra, suffered a broken hip, broken arms and legs, and a spinal cord injury. She was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson. Officials from the township Police Department said in a statement that Puig succumbed to her injuries at 7:50 p.m. on Wednesday. She was 58. 

Gorzala, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of heroin. He has been charged with causing death by auto while operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, commonly known as vehicular homicide, with bail set at $250,000 and no 10 percent bond option. 

Before the homicide charge was added, Gorzala was charged with 17 criminal and motor vehicular violations as a result of the three-car accident. These included driving while intoxicated and possession of heroin and a hypodermic needle. He will remain in the Passaic County Jail until his arraignment. 

There has been no word on whether the driver of the Taurus sustained any injuries. 

We wish to extend our sincere condolences to the victim’s family and friends and we keep her in our thoughts and prayers.

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