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Delay in the case of hit-run death of HPU student

    By Kalamalama Staff. May 13, 2014 - 9:25 am

The man who pleaded guilty in the hit-run death of HPU student Mariah Danforth-Moore in 2011 has asked to be sentenced in state Veterans Treatment Court because he says he has post-traumatic stress, the Star-Advertiser reports.

Dominic Franklyn, 31, could get 10 years in prison for leaving the scene in the Nov. 20, 2011 accident on Kamehameha Highway at the Hawaii Loa campus.

If Franklyn’s request is granted any sentence would come with treatment and monitoring, the Star-Advertiser said in its May 13 edition.

Veterans Court is set up for veterans with mental health or substance abuse problems. Franklyn is a former Navy officer. His lawyer says Franklyn has PTSD as a result of the accident that killed the HPU student, the newspaper said.

Police said Danforth-Moore was in a crosswalk when she was hit and the driver fled the scene.

Franklyn turned himself in two days later.

Danforth-Moore would have graduated this year. HPU Provost Matthew Laio-Troth told the Star-Advertiser her family will receive a degree in her honor Thursday, May 15. The ceremony is private.

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