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High, drunken driver gets 10 years in fatal crash during tsunami warning

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 10:34 p.m. HST, Nov 12, 2013

A state judge this morning sentenced the intoxicated driver who caused a fiery crash that killed another motorist during last year's tsunami warning to 10 years in prison for negligent homicide.

Circuit Judge Rom Trader also fined Donald Halleron $1,000 for driving without a license.

The Hawaii Paroling Authority will decide how much of the 10 years Halleron will have to spend behind bars before he can be eligible for parole. 

Halleron, 30, of Waialua, pleaded guilty on the eve of trial this summer to causing the Oct. 28, 2012, death of Nolan Raboy.

Raboy, 65, was sitting behind the wheel of his sport utility vehicle in a line with other motorists on Wilikina Drive, just south of Kaukonahua Road, waiting for police to reopen the roadway when Halleron crashed his pickup truck into the back of Raboy's SUV. The impact caused the SUV to burst into flames killing Raboy.

Halleron told police he had taken some cocaine and drank nine to 12 beers before getting behind the wheel of his truck. 

Workers at Queen's Medical Center measured Halleron's blood alcohol content at 0.19 following the crash, more than twice the legal threshold for drunk driving.

In September 2011, another state judge fined Halleron $750 and suspended his license for three months for drunk driving and operating a vehicle without insurance.

Raboy, a Delta Airlines aircraft technician from Huntington Beach, Calif., was working on Oahu.

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