MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Baldwin man pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter and driving while impaired in connection to an April crash that killed a reverend from Long Island.
The Nassau County District Attorney’s office says 24-year-old Christopher Gomez-Almendarez also pleaded guilty to assault charges.READ MORE: Rangers Stay Red Hot, Get 4 Points From Panarin In Rout Of Blackhawks
Officials say Gomez-Almendarez was speeding westbound on the Southern State Parkway around 12:10 a.m. on April 19 when he rear-ended an SUV driven by 69-year-old Reverend Chacko Mammen.
Mammen’s vehicle then crashed into several trees on the side of the road. He was taken to Nassau University Medical Center and later died from his injuries.READ MORE: NYC Hospitality Alliance: Mayor De Blasio 'Grinch' For Vaccine Mandate That May Keep Tourists With Young Children Away
Mammen was a minister at the Long Island Mar Thoma Church in Merrick.
Officials say Gomez-Almendarez was driving 86-91 mph and was high on alprazolam and fentanyl at the time of the crash.MORE NEWS: Hate Crimes Spike Citywide, New NYPD Data Reveals
Gomez-Almendarez will be sentenced in January.