Driver receives 10-year sentence for Kaneohe hit and run
Raw emotion in court Friday as a family confronted the hit-and-run driver who killed their daughter.
Video in court showed the deadly crash in the long-awaited sentencing in this tragedy.
"You just hit my daughter and left her lying on the side of the road like she was a dog," said Stephen Danforth, Mariah's Father.
Some of the most gut-wrenching words a dad can say and just two days before Father's Day.
But, 2.5 years of waiting left the father of 19-year-old Hawai'i Pacific University student Mariah Danforth-Moore with this chance to confront the man who ran down his daughter and then drove off.
"I can't believe I'm standing here talking about my dead daughter and that this man right here just hit her and just ran off with no remorse, no show of nothing," said Stephen.
For the first time, video showed the tragic moment from November 2011. It played in court and it's tough to watch.
The video showed Mariah as she crossed Kamehameha Highway in front of HPU's Kaneohe campus. It was only steps away from the sidewalk when Dominic Franklyn hit her. Then the video shows him flee.
Franklyn turned himself in two days later.
"There's nothing I can do that I can really substantially get rid of or help ease the pain," said District Court Judge Karen Ahn. "There is a hole there for everybody."
Ahn acknowledged the gravity of the situation.
Franklyn was emotional too as he pled guilty to failure to render aid and received the maximum of 10 years in prison.
"I'm sorry for what I've done. I'm sorry for hitting her. I'm sorry for not stopping. I'm sorry for taking your daughter's life," said Franklyn. "I took your daughter's life and I don't know how to right that kind of wrong."
Family members are glad the sentencing is over, but the pain just won't go away.
"I am a proud grandmother and I will never get to hug my granddaughter again and tell her how much I love her," said Deborah Danforth, Mariah's Grandmother.
Franklyn also pled no contest Friday for insurance fraud and attempted theft in June 2013. He will serve those sentencings concurrently with the failing to render aid sentence.
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