Driver in deadly crash near Schofield sentenced to 10 years

A Wahiawa man who was behind the wheel of a deadly crash in 2012 near Schofield Barracks has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

On December 4, 2012, police say Steven Sandry was speeding on Kunia Rd. when he ran a red light, hit another car and slammed into a light pole. His passenger, Michael Daraban, 38, died in the crash.

Police say an hour before the crash, officers tried to serve Daraban with a drug search warrant. They later spotted Daraban’s car with Sandry behind the wheel.

Sandry pled guilty to negligent homicide. “I just want to apologize to his family,” he said at his sentencing Wednesday. “I take full responsibility for everything. He was a good friend of mine.”

“He’s saying that he’s a better person, but he’s not,” said Daraban’s sister, Maurica Daniel. “He lives in the same town as me. I know what’s going on in our town. To me, the punishment isn’t enough.”

Besides negligent homicide, Sandry was also sentenced for auto theft, driving without a license and a weapons charge.

The crash site on Kunia Rd. on Dec. 4, 2012
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