Ocean County District Attorney Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on November 19, 2021, Roberto Sandoval-Guerrero, 38, of Toms River, was sentenced by the Honorable Rochelle Gizinski, JSC, to seven years in prison of New Jersey State following a plea of guilty to manslaughter in violation of NJSA 2C: 11-5b (1), relating to the death of Daniel Cintron on September 5, 2020. This sentence will be subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act, NJSA 2C: 43 -7.2, which means Sandoval-Guerrero will have to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence before he can be considered for parole eligibility. In addition, Judge Gizinski suspended Sandoval-Guerrero’s driving privileges for a period of ten years following his guilty plea to manslaughter; the suspension will begin upon release from state prison. Finally, in accordance with recent changes to the laws regarding drunk driving (“DWI”), Judge Gizinski ordered Sandoval-Guerrero to install an ignition interlock device on the vehicle which he mainly drives during a period of drunkenness. one year after the ten-year suspension of his driving privileges expired – following his previously entered DWI guilty plea in violation of NJSA 39: 4-50. Sandoval-Guerrero pleaded guilty to both counts before Judge Gizinksi on September 15, 2021.
On September 5, 2020, New Jersey State Police received a report that a pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle in the Garden State Parkway South area at or near mile post 86 in Toms River , said vehicle then fleeing the scene. The investigation determined that Daniel Cintron had previously been involved in a minor car accident with another driver, Frank Puglisi. The men got out of their vehicles and were exchanging insurance information on the shoulder of the driveway when they were struck by a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer operated by Sandoval-Guerrero. Mr. Puglisi was struck in the left arm, while Mr. Cintron was thrown into the traffic lanes where he was run over by traffic. Mr. Cintron was pronounced dead at the scene. Further investigation revealed that Sandoval-Guerrero continued to drive the vehicle southbound on the Garden State Parkway; he finally left the vehicle on his shoulder and fled on foot. Sandoval-Guerrero was eventually located in the area of Route 9 and Church Road and taken into custody.
Sandoval-Guerrero was then transported to Toms River Community Medical Center for a blood test. Laboratory results received by the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office indicated that Sandoval-Guerrero had a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.146 percent at the time his blood was drawn. In the state of New Jersey, a motor vehicle operator is presumed to have exceeded the legal limit for the purpose of drinking alcohol when their blood alcohol level is 0.08 or more.
Sandoval-Guerrero has been in the Ocean County Jail since his arrest on September 5, 2020.
Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Supervising Assistant District Attorney Michael Abatemarco and Assistant District Attorney Andrew Leimbach who handled the case on behalf of the state, as well as the Vehicle Homicide Unit of the Ocean County Attorney’s Office , New Jersey State Police, Toms River Township Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, and the Crime Scene Investigation Unit of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, for their collaborative efforts in this investigation, which ultimately resulted in Sandoval-Guerrero’s guilty plea and state prison sentence.