Man gets 10 years in fatal accident

KINGMAN - Superior Court Judge Robert R. Moon sentenced Alberto Gomez, 34, of Phoenix to 10 years in the Department of Corrections for manslaughter.

Gomez was involved in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 93 that resulted in the death of Elizabeth A. Flanders, 44, of White Hills on May 22.

Gomez was facing charges on manslaughter, hit and run involving death, and driving under the influence, but accepted a plea agreement presented by the Mohave County Attorney's Office dismissing the hit and run charge. He was also sentenced to six months jail time to be served concurrently with the 10-year sentence.

The 164 days Gomez spent in presentencing custody will be credited toward his sentence. He will face 17 months of community supervision following his release.

"I hope the family one day will forgive me, though I know that is impossible," Gomez said through an interpreter prior to sentencing.

According to a Department of Public Safety report, Gomez's vehicle rear-ended the vehicle Flanders was driving. Gomez and his passenger, Mario Gutierrez, fled the scene on foot.

Gomez and Gutierrez were picked up by the police later that morning and transported to the Kingman Department of Public Safety.

A blood sample from Gomez revealed a .034 percent blood-alcohol content.

Gomez stated that the accident occurred when he fell asleep while driving. Since the actual blood-alcohol content of Gomez at the time of the accident is unknown, Judge Moon agreed to the mitigated 10-year sentence for manslaughter.

Moon also attributed the mitigated sentence to Gomez having no prior convictions.