Evan Hoffman pleaded guilty in Newton District Court to charges of motor vehicle homicide, speeding, and marked lanes violation, according to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.
He faced the charges in connection with the June 26, 2010 motor vehicle crash that killed Jose Puzul-Perez, 43, of Chelsea, Leone said in a statement.
According to Leone, Hoffman was sentenced to two and a half years in jail. He will serve 15 months, with the balance suspended for five years, and will lose his license for 15 years. He will also be required to complete 100 hours of community service.
“By driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed, this defendant caused a head on collision that killed Jose Puzul-Perez, a husband and father,” Leone said in a statement. “By pleading guilty today, this defendant is admitting to these troubling charges and will be punished accordingly, and held responsible by losing his ability to operate a car for 15 years. Our thoughts remain with the victim’s family.”
The crash occurred shortly after 6 a.m. on June 26, 2010 near 428 Beacon Street.
Investigators found that Hoffman was speeding westbound on Beacon Street in a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee, crossed over the double yellow center line and into the on-coming lane, according to Leone’s office. He struck Puzul-Perez’s van head on.