Driver in Waipahu crash sentenced to 10 years

Published On: Apr 02 2014 07:17:30 PM HST   Updated On: Apr 02 2014 08:02:12 PM HST

A Wahiawa man who killed his friend in a crash on Kunia Road in 2012 will go back to jail.

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A car was sliced in half in a violent crash in front of Schofield Barracks. The man who caused the wreckage is 30-year-old Steven Sandry.

Sandry led police on a chase just before slamming a Honda into a light pole, killing his passenger and friend Michael Daraban, and injuring another driver.

“I think of my brother. My son thinks of my brother. It’s a terrible thought for our family and I know his family will lose a son, but they’ll be able to see him,” said Maurica Daniel, the victim’s sister.

Daraban was 38 years old. He is survived by his mother, a sister and a daughter. The family is still trying to cope with his death.

On Dec. 4, 2012, police armed with a drug warrant tried to search Daraban's car and house for drugs . He fled in his own car but Sandry was driving.

Sandry eventually pleaded guilty to negligent homicide.

“I want to apologize to the family,” Sandry said. “I take full responsibility for everything.”

Judge Glenn Kim discussed Sandry's criminal history and sentenced him to the maximum 10 years behind bars.

“If you came before this court with an otherwise clean record that would be one thing, and I would certainly factor that in to the equation,” Kim said. “But you have no less than four prior criminal numbers.”

Daraban's mother said justice was seeing her son's killer taken away in handcuffs.

“It’s sad another mother is going to lose a son in another way and that’s sad, but you have to have consequences for actions taken,” Charlene Daraban said.

“To me, the punishment isn’t enough,” Daniel said. “You know, what, he’s taken off the street and maybe he will better himself, and if he betters himself, great for him and his family.”


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