A 38-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to a two-year prison term for an alcohol-fueled collision in Huntington Beach that injured his wife, their three young children and the other driver.
Nicholas Dean Donahue pleaded guilty driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and child abuse and endangerment, both felonies. Two other felony counts of child abuse with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury on a child younger than 5 were dismissed as part of the plea deal.
Donahue was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe when he got into some sort of altercation with his wife just before the SUV crashed head-on with a Hyundai just before 4:40 p.m. last Sept. 17 at Pacific Coast Highway and Seapoint Street, Huntington Beach police Officer Angela Bennett said.
The couple’s two sons and daughter, all younger than 6 years old, were not secured properly in the back seat and were hospitalized for their injuries, Bennett said. Donahue’s wife was also injured in the crash, as was the Hyundai’s driver, police said.
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