Carole Miyashiro tearfully describes the moment no mom ever wants to face -- finding out her son has just been killed.
"Your heart just falls into the ground under you, and you hope it's not true," said Miyashiro as she cries in the courtroom.
In the early morning hours of Nov. 19, 2011, Lance Miyashiro was driving home on the H-2 Freeway. He was just off of 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 lanes. Miyashiro died at the scene.
"Mr. Yong made a single mistake that night entering what he believed to be an on-ramp as he headed home from work to Waianae," said defense attorney Clarissa Malinao.
Yong was charged with second-degree negligent homicide and pleaded no contest.
"Please try to 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," said Yong.
For the crime, the prosecutor and tearful family members pleaded the judge for the harshest sentence -- five years behind bars.
"I am very angry. I don't think I can forgive you for what you did to our family and taking Lance away from us," said Carole Miyashiro.
The court noted Yong probably didn't know he was driving the wrong way and gave him the lightest punishment -- four years probation.
"In my considered judgement, a prison sentence in all the significant circumstances of this case is too harsh and inappropriate," said Judge Glenn Kim.
Miyashiro's family can now add disappointment to heartbreak.
"It's been a long, hard trial. Everybody, friends and family. At least it came to an end today so we don't have to sit back and wonder," said Lance's brother Todd Miyashiro. "Still, the result is not what we wanted. It's still disappointing because we still need to deal with the loss of Lance."