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Waipahu man sentenced in fatal drunk-driving crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:11 p.m. HST, Dec 11, 2012

A state judge sentenced a 20-year-old Waipahu man to eight years in prison this morning for killing his friend in a drunk-driving crash last year.

Kyer Valeros was facing a 20-year prison term for manslaughter for causing the death of Ervin Yanuara on Feb. 4, 2011. Yanuara, 20, of Waipahu, died after the Toyota Sienna Valeros was driving hit an embankment and flipped several times near the Kaonohi Street overpass.

Circuit Judge Rom Trader, however, imposed the eight-year term under a state law that gives defendants who are 21 and younger a break in sentencing.

The state says Valeros was drunk and speeding when he hit the embankment.

Yanuara, the front seat passenger, died from injuries he suffered when he was thrown from the vehicle. Five other passengers suffered injuries.

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localguy wrote:
Such a waste of young life. May he due his time and return to regular life, as best he can.
on December 11,2012 | 10:45AM
kainalu wrote:
It's too simple to drink and drive, perhaps harder not to. However, there are consequences for your actions. Sad story all the way around.
on December 11,2012 | 10:52AM
cojef wrote:
Again poor choices made resulted in someone dying and others injured. These are behaviorial manifestations which were learned in the family environment. A disciplined family environment usually will enable children to make the right decisions when needed. Of course, youthful exuberance to experiment is also contributory to making the wrong choice. We survived perhaps, beacause we were lucky. Feel for the families of this tragedy. Sad.
on December 11,2012 | 11:30AM
allie wrote:
finally.. meaningful penalty for vehicular homicide
on December 11,2012 | 11:10AM
aomohoa wrote:
I've got to agree with you Allie. The sad part about this is the families of the victim will suffer forever.
on December 11,2012 | 11:21AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
So, how come David Franco who has multiple offenses and kills an innocent person gets only 6 months? What's the difference? Can our judges tell the public the discrepancy in sentences????
on December 11,2012 | 11:45AM
bigserf wrote:
Yeah! Go figure???
on December 11,2012 | 12:24PM
Graham wrote:
I was wondering about this also...
on December 11,2012 | 01:11PM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
One was a drunk driver, the other was driving too fast in the rain in a vehicle with defective/ineffective brakes.
on December 11,2012 | 01:49PM
olos73 wrote:
But he also had drugs and alcohol in his system.
on December 11,2012 | 05:46PM
olos73 wrote:
Just look who the judge is.
on December 11,2012 | 05:47PM
false wrote:
Never could understand why people drink and drive drunk. What are they thinking ? RIght, not thinking.
on December 11,2012 | 12:08PM
allie wrote:
on December 11,2012 | 12:50PM
alohacharlie wrote:
He is darn lucky that I was not the judge that sentenced him to 8 years because I would have sentenced him to life.
on December 11,2012 | 02:04PM
ello wrote:
as much as i don't like Skip Bayless, he said it right the other night... no matter how many options for assistance are available for drinkers, it comes down to the alcohol. alcohol will affect a person's ability to make sound decisions about anything and everything. next to not having any drinks at all, having a designated driver is the best option for these kinds of situations. this story has another element though, as the driver and the victim were both underaged. the source of their alcohol is a huge part of this story that needs to be investigated further as their may still be another guilty party involved.
on December 11,2012 | 03:23PM
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