A Jersey City woman died in the hospital after sustaining serious injuries from a domestic violence incident and her boyfriend has been charged, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
On April 21st, at approximately 11:45 a.m., Jersey City police were dispatched to the Jersey City Medical Center on a report of a patient that had been involved in a domestic incident, Suarez said in a statement.
Upon arrival to the hospital, police officers found Sonia Drouet, 57, of Jersey City in an
unconscious state due to injuries sustained during a physical altercation on April 20th.
The morning after the incident, Drouet was transported by Emergency Medical Services to
JCMC where she was treated for her injuries and remained in a coma until her death. She was pronounced dead at approximately 7:30 a.m. on May 8th.
On April 21st, following the initial investigation, JCPD arrested Drouet’s boyfriend, Guillermo Flores, 67, of Jersey City. He was originally charged with assault, officials said.
Upon the death of the victim, the case was turned over to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit which continued to actively investigating the case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.
The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be complications
from blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of death to be homicide.
On June 14th, an additional charge was filed against Flores by the Homicide Unit. He has
been charged with reckless manslaughter, police said.
On June 18th, shortly after 1:00 a.m., Flores turned himself into members of the Hudson
County Prosecutor’s Office. He was arrested, processed and then transported to the Hudson
County Correctional Facility, according to authorities.
Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit with the investigation and arrest with the assistance of the Jersey City Police Department.