A New Cassel woman who crashed into a van at 65 mph and critically injured its driver was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison, the Nassau District Attorney's office said.

Ethel Mae Edwards, 44, was high on drugs when she ran a red light April 22 in Westbury and slammed into a beverage delivery van, sending it airborne and into a light pole, the office said. It took an hour to free the van driver, Jose Pineda, 45, from the wreckage, authorities said, and his traumatic injuries, including breaks to his legs and hip, left him unable to walk for months.

She had pleaded guilty last month to first-degree assault, second-degree vehicular assault, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and reckless driving.

After her guilty plea, her attorney Jeff Groder had said his client has a longtime cocaine problem and was "incredibly remorseful" about hurting Pineda.

The crash sent Pineda's van airborne and through the intersection of Brush Hollow Road and Hillcrest Drive, where a light pole cut far into the van that Pineda was found with his face resting against it, prosecutors said.

Edwards' Corolla then struck a parked car, pushing it 10 to 15 feet, but she remained uninjured, authorities said.

Pineda continues to be treated for his injuries, District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a news release.

"The defendant's sentence will not restore Mr. Pineda's health," she said, "but it should prevent the defendant from risking others' lives while sending a clear message to other dangerous drivers that their behavior will not be tolerated."

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