A last-minute request keeps an Oahu man from being sentenced in deadly hit-and-run case.
When the man who caused his daughter's death in a hit-and-run crash walked out of the courtroom with another delay in his sentencing, Stephen Danforth couldn't hold back his frustration anymore.
"Run. Run again. Keep running, run and hide," he shouted at Dominic Franklyn, who earlier pleaded guilty to failing to render aid in the fatal accident.
Monday was supposed to end the ordeal for friends and family members of Mariah Danforth-Moore, more than two years after the Hawaii Pacific University student was killed.
She was crossing Kamehameha Highway in November 2011, when she was hit by a car and died.
"To have her taken away from us, it broke our hearts," said her grandfather Darryl Moore.
"I cry every day, every day. There's not one day that I don't," said her mother Lisa Moore.
Franklyn was supposed to receive his sentence, but instead his attorney asked for a temporary reprieve. He wanted the extra time to apply for veteran's court because he claims Franklyn suffers from PTSD. "He was the person involved in this tragic accident and witnessed it firsthand. He was traumatized by it. He is under psychotherapy and treatment," said attorney Richard Hoke.
"In an abundance of caution, I am going to give you a brief period to talk with the veteran's court people," said 1st Circuit Court Judge Karen Ahn.
After the judge's decision, Darryl, an Army veteran himself, spoke directly to Franklyn.
"I can't see how someone who is here to protect our country would drive off and leave someone without even stopping to help. I don't see any pride in you, I only see cowardice," said Moore.
"Mariah was such a good person, always smiling and you took that away from us. Now you feel you need more time? We have no more time with her," said Lisa.
"We knew this could happen, but we are just really disappointed that it is still not finished," added Danforth.
If Franklyn is not able to get into veteran's court, he will be sentenced by Judge Ahn in June.
Thirty family members and friends of Danforth-Moore came from Wisconsin during what would have been her graduation week.
In her honor, on Thursday, the family will receive the psychology degree she would have received from HPU.