Her son’s life was turned upside-down a year ago by a mysterious explosion in Central Park that claimed part of his leg — and Carol Golden won’t find “peace” until justice is done.
Connor Golden, 19, a Virginia resident, was severely injured during a Fourth of July weekend trip to the Big Apple last year.
“This was not a fireworks accident. There is a $25,000 reward,” the frustrated mom told The Post. “I don’t think I can ever be at peace with this. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s surreal.”
Connor and his friends decided to spend time on July 3, 2016, “slack-lining” — walking on a rope strung between two objects.
Connor and pals Thomas Hinds, 20, and Matthew Stabile, 18, made their way down some rocks near East 60th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Suddenly Golden stepped on what authorities later described as “explosive material . . . made by someone experimenting with commercially available products.”
Reports identified the substance as TATP, a crystalline powder often used by Islamist terrorists. A law-enforcement source told The Post the substance had not been previously seen in New York.
The blast tore through his left foot, leaving nothing but mangled flesh and bone. Doctors at Bellevue Hospital were forced to remove his left leg from the knee down.
Golden, an Eagle Scout, underwent three surgeries and fought off a nasty infection before he was released from the hospital.
He is now studying music engineering at the University of Miami and is “doing as well as can be expected,” but would rather not comment. “We want people to respect his privacy,” his mom said.
The NYPD said only that there have been no arrests, the blast was caused by a “homemade device,” the investigation is “ongoing and active,” and the reward for the arrest and conviction of suspects remains at $25,000.
Cops plan to hold a news conference this week to issue a new appeal for public help and perhaps up the reward money, a…