Vallejo's tragic story to be retold through community service
A driver who hit and killed a pedestrian will have to spend the rest of his life telling others about the tragedy.
Prosecutors say Bryson Oshiro had been drinking and was speeding when his car slammed into 18-year-old Orlando Vallejo Jr. in August 2012.
On Monday, the Vallejo family wore their love for Orlando on their hearts as they waited to hear what would happen to the man who killed their loved one.
"I can't imagine what's going on right now. It's something we've been waiting for a long time," said Vallejo's cousin, Cherry Joy Sercena.
Oshiro's car struck Vallejo while he was standing near his car on Kupuna Loop in Village Park.
Oshiro's lawyer admitted his client was speeding and his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit.
Two months ago, the 21-year-old pleaded no contest to first-degree negligent homicide. On Monday, Judge Karen Ahn sentenced Oshiro to 18 months in prison, five years probation, and 750 hours of community service.
For his community service, Oshiro will have to share his tragic story to local students in hopes of preventing others from drinking and driving.
"He has to relive that moment all the time speaking to children so he'll have that memory for the rest of his life," said Sercena.
Before his sentencing, Oshiro apologized for his actions and his attorney says his client is remorseful for what happened.
"If anyone asks him why he doesn't drive anymore, he's going to tell him I killed someone who is truly a caring person and I can't bring him back," said Marcus Sierra, Oshiro's defense attorney.
Though Vallejo's family members say Oshiro should have gotten more jail time, they feel if this young man could prevent other young lives from being lost, it would bring some light to their loss.
"This is a tragic thing and there's gotta be something good coming out of this. Something good," said Vallejo family friend Janis Tanga.
Oshiro also has to pay $18,000 in restitution to the Vallejo family. He could have faced up to 10 years behind bars.