A Huntington man pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated vehicular assault stemming from a 2016 drunken driving crash in Woodbury that left a mother and daughter severely injured, authorities said.
Eugene Golden, 61, also pleaded guilty to two felony counts of second-degree assault and aggravated operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor, Nassau County prosecutors said.
Golden is due back in court Nov. 15, when he is expected to be sentenced to 4 1⁄2 years in prison, officials said.
“While today Mr. Golden accepted responsibility for his actions on the date of the accident, there is a greater history of his conduct,” said Garden City attorney Steven Epstein, who is representing Golden. “Mr. Golden has led an exemplary life free of any other criminal conduct.”
Prosecutors said Golden was driving a Mercedes-Benz SUV north on Woodbury Road at 9:38 p.m. on March 8, 2016, when he crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a Nissan Versa.
The Nissan was driven by a 43-year-old woman who had her 10-year-old daughter in the backseat, prosecutors said.
The mother had part of her colon surgically removed and sustained fractures to her ribs, shoulder and spine as a result of the crash, prosecutors said.
Her daughter required three brain surgeries. Both victims continue to deal with significant medical issues, officials said.
The crash occurred less than a half-mile from a restaurant where prosecutors said the defendant had been drinking to excess.
“A 10-year-old girl and her mother are forced to live with these permanent and debilitating injuries because of the defendant’s criminal actions,” District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement. “This crash reminds us of the dangers that drunk driving poses to innocent people — and it will not be tolerated in Nassau County.”