Driver in deadly freeway crash gets no prison timeUPDATED 7:46 PM HST Aug 27, 2014Video Transcript
Nies, in for Paula Akana No prison time for the driver in a deadly freeway crash in 20-11... KITV 4's Cam Tran shows us why an emotional day in court ended with what some consider a lenient sentence.. Carole Miyashiro tearfully describes the moment no mom ever wants to face.. finding out her son has just been killed. IN:8:48 YOUR HEART JUST FALLS INTO THE GROUND UNDER YOU AND YOU HOPE IT'S NOT TRUE ..CRIES In the early morning hours of November 19, 2011- Lance Miyahsiro was driving home on the H-2 ... he was just off work from his security job at Mai Tai. Heading right at him ... driving the WRONG WAY on the interstate ... was Jameson Yong. The two smashed head on in the northbound lane. Miyashiro died at the scene. Clarissa Malinao, Defense Attorney IN3:18 MISTER YONG MADE A SINGLE MISTAKE THAT NIGHT T ENTERING WHAT HE BELIEVED TO BE AN ON RAMP AS HE HEADED HOME FROM WORK TO WAIANAE 3:30 Yong was charged with second degree negligent homicide and plead no contest. YONG: 5:35 PLEASE TRYTO KNOW THE PAIN AND SORROW I FELT WHEN I HEARD WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO THINK I HAD A PART IN TAKING ANOTHER PERSON'S LIFE IS SICKENING TO ME I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT 5:41 For the crime the prosecutor and tearful family members pleaded the judge for the harshest sentence: 5 years behind bars. CAROLE MIYASHIRO, VICTIM'S MOTHER 10:18 I AM VERY ANGRY I DONT' THINK I CAN FORGIVE YOU FOR WHAT YOU DID TO OUR FAMILY AND TAKING LANCE AWAY FROM US The court noted Yong probably didn't know he was driving the wrong way... and gave him the lighest punishment:4 years probation. JUDGE GLENN KIM IN:24:41 IN MY CONSIDERED JUDGEMENT A PRISON SENTENCE IN ALL THE SIGNICAT CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS CASE IS MUCH TOO HARSH AND IN APPROPRIATE 24:52 Miyashiro's family can now add disappointment to its heartbreak. TODD MIYASHIRO, VICTIM's brother 2:50 IT'S BEEN A LONG HARD TRIAL EVERYBODY FRIENDS AND FAMILYATLEAST IT CAME TO AN END TODAY SO WE DON'T HAVE TO SICK BACK AND WONDER, STILL THE RESULT IS NOT WHAT WE WANTED. IT'S STILL DISAPPOINTING BECAUSE WE STILL NEED TO DEAL WITH THE LOSS OF LANCE. 03:07 Cam Tran, KITv 4 News. The defendant was also severely injured in the crash. Because he loss so much blood in the collision, paramedics were not able to take any blood samples - that's why no drug or alcohol test were conducted.