Accused hit-and-run driver pleads not guilty, victim's father frustrated

By Jill Kuramoto
Published On: Dec 19 2013 12:58:13 PM HST
Updated On: Dec 19 2013 09:27:59 PM HST

Two years after Mariah Danforth-Moore's hit and run death, accused killer, Dominic Franklyn pleads not guilty.



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HONOLULU -

Disappointed and frustrated.

That was the reaction from the family of a college student killed in a hit-and-run two years ago.

Click here to watch Jill Kuramoto's report.

Thursday the man indicted for Mariah Danforth-Moore's death plead not guilty at his arraignment.

Mariah's father, Stephen Danforth, has waited for this moment since 2011.

And when Dominic Franklyn stood before the judge and said he's not guilty in the hit-and-run death of Danforth's daughter, it brought zero satisfaction.

"I mean it was two years ago already," said Danforth outside the Circuit Courtroom. "Everyday me and my family deal with this. Everyday and night, and for this two minute process."

It was November 20, 2011 when the 19-year-old HPU student was killed crossing Kamehameha Highway, just steps away from the windward campus.

Witnesses say she was hit by a white sports car with dark rims and dark tint, but the car never never stopped.

That day still haunts Stephen Danforth.

He says even though the crosswalk now has lights and signs, it's still not safe enough for pedestrians there.

"There's no light signals, it's dark, very badly lit," Danforth commented.

Franklyn turned himself into police two days after the accident, and the wheels of justice have turned far too slowly for Danforth's liking.

Over that time he's been calling for the state to crack down harder on hit-and-run drivers.

"Really step-up and come forward and make stiffer penalties for this because it's just like an epidemic," Danforth said. "It's just so nonchalant to hit somebody and leave."
           
Franklyn is charged with failing to render aid which is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10-years in prison.

He remains out of jail on $11,000  bail.

His next court appearance is in February.

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