Driver in fatal North Shore collision found guilty

By Cam Tran
Published On: Aug 27 2013 02:36:00 PM HST

The Waialua man will be sentenced in November where he could face 10-years behind bars.

HONOLULU -

A man accused of causing a deadly crash on the North Shore changes his plea.

A judge found Donald Halleron guilty of killing a Haleiwa man during the tsunami evacuation last year.

A mangled mess of metal was the aftermath of a fiery crash in Wahiawa last October.

Honolulu police say Donald Halleron, 30, was speeding when he slammed his truck into a Jeep, causing a chain reaction collision the night of the 2012 tsunami warning.

Witnesses say he reeked of alcohol following the crash.

"While driving that car northbound on Wilikina Drive, he collided with a 2002 Jeep operated by Nolan Raboy," said Prosecuting Attorney Scott Bell. "The evidence illustrates that Mr. Halleron had alcohol in his system."

The crash killed Raboy, who was burned beyond recognition.

"My emotions are scattered from one place to another," said Nick Raboy, son of the victim. "Where I can't put it down to any emotion."

Halleron was charged with first degree negligent homicide and Tuesday he waived his right to a trial.  

After he plead no contest, the judge accepted the plea and found him guilty.

Halleron was then taken away in cuffs.

He didn't explain why he changed his plea, but his defense attorney said his client was taking responsibility for the incident.

Halleron's friends and family were in court and did not want to talk on camera.

The Waialua man will be sentenced in November where he could face 10-years behind bars.

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