Rio Vista woman pleads not guilty to felony charges

By From page A4 | April 24, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Fighting back tears, a Rio Vista woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of felony vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing injury.

Amber Gomes, 30, was ordered to return to court May 5 for a probable cause hearing. She is in jail with bail set at $95,000.

Gomes was driving with a companion Saturday night in a 1993 Isuzu Rodeo on eastbound Interstate 80 near the American Canyon exit when they veered off the roadway and plummeted down a steep hillside, rolling over several times before ending up on McGary Road.

Gomes and Roman Barrozo, 33, were both ejected from the Isuzu. Neither of them had been wearing seat belts, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Barrozo died from his injuries.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Upset citizenApril 24, 2014 - 12:29 am

    This is total crap because when my bestfriend died, he was the passanger of the fatal car accident a few years ago involving a city bus on pintail and walters, his friend, the driver of the car he was in, never got charged with anything! ! They need to just let her go or start actually charging others with this crime! Cant keep giving certain people a slap on the wrist while others serve time for their mistakes. Our legal system here is so wrong!

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  • Maybe if...April 24, 2014 - 12:57 am

    maybe if your friend was racing down the street at over 100 MPH the bus driver would have been charged. nothing like accepting responsibility for ones actions is there?

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  • Concerned citizenApril 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    If it was just an accident, I would say let her go until she is proven guilty of something. It sounds like they know she was under the influence of something& no matter what you DONT drive while under the influence of any controlled substance! Someone lost their life here! There are consequences to pay!

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  • just keepin it 100April 25, 2014 - 1:25 am

    My brother lost his life over this woman's actions my brother may not of been perfect but she knew what the consequence would be driving drunk high excetra.my brother is gone period and nothing Will bring him back so whatever consequence she may get from this won't compare to the memory she will carry with her forever her birthday will never be the same and for what her actions her bad choices and I hope she owns them and never forgets what she has taken from my family his kids and his friends

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  • Responsible JayApril 25, 2014 - 10:39 am

    His grown up / Big Boy choice of getting in the car with her (like he didn't party with her that night!!!) and not putting his seatbelt on (violation of the law) resulted in this... it's not always someone else's fault only. Be Responsible!

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  • CD BrooksApril 25, 2014 - 10:46 am

    These tragedies are so easily avoidable. The instant you make a decision to break a law regardless of how innocent it may seem (and DUI is not innocent by any means) you must be accountable for everything that happens from that moment forward. Don't drink and drive. Always fasten your seatbelt.

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