BY JOEL GROSSBARTH
The driver of a car that killed a three-month old baby and seriously injured the baby’s mother and sister was denied early release from prison by the New York State Department of Corrections. Albert Gomez ran over and killed the infant during a road rage while the family was walking along the shoulder of Route 59 in Monsey on June 26, 2017.
According to court documents, Gomez became angry at a taxi that cut him off and drove alongside the taxi and onto the shoulder of Route 59, striking the family that was walking along the roadway. The three-month infant’s death sparked a call from local politicians to install sidewalks along dangerous roadways to prevent pedestrians from being struck by cars and improve overall safety.
Gomez received a very lenient sentence of 1 1/3–4 years in prison under a plea deal with the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office. Based upon the initial denial of parole, Gomez will likely serve another 20 months in prison. He’s eligible for release on February 20, 2020.