A Neptune woman will spend seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to causing the death of a Wall Township youth football coach while driving drunk.
Madeline Rodriguez, 51, was sentenced today by Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernola after pleading to one count of vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated in the May 24, 2011, crash on Route 35 in Neptune.
, died just 45 minutes after he was thrown from his motorcycle during a collision with Rodriguez, according to a release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.
Prosecutors said Rodriguez was driving a 2007 Nissan Versa south on Route 35 while Pisarcik was driving a 1998 Honda motorcycle north on the thoroughfare. Rodriguez turned left onto Fourth Avenue without yielding to Pisarcik, the prosecutor's office said. The former coach was unable to stop in time, collided with Rodriguez' Nissan, and was thrown off the motorcycle.
Pisarcik was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where he was pronounced dead at 12:09 p.m. May 24, 2011.
Rodriguez was highly intoxicated during the collision, as blood tests revealed a blood alcohol content of .236, nearly three times the legal limit of .08.
The Neptune woman will have to serve at least 85 percent of her seven-year sentence before she is eligible for parole, under a plea agreement negotiated with the support of Pisarcik's family, the release states. Rodriguez' license will be suspended for five years once she is finally released from prison.
The Prosecutor's Office credited the Neptune Police Department, the county's Serious Collision Analysis Response Team and the office's Major Crimes Bureau for collaborating on the investigation that led to charges against Rodriguez.