A state judge has postponed the sentencing for admitted hit-and-run driver Chantel Andrade to give her the opportunity to complete substance abuse treatment.
Andrade, 40, was scheduled to get sentenced Wednesday for leaving the scene of a fatal traffic accident and for operating a vehicle without a valid driver license.
She pleaded guilty to the charges in November and is asking the court to give her the opportunity to avoid conviction by deferring her pleas.
The prosecutor says he will ask for the maximum 10-year prison term for the hit-and-run charge.
Circuit Judge Dean Ochiai postponed the sentencing and instead scheduled a hearing for September to get an update on Andrade’s substance abuse treatment progress and to set a new sentencing date.
Defense lawyer Donovan Odo told Ochiai that Andrade is faring well in residential treatment, and expects to transition into outpatient treatment in April and could get clinically discharged in October.
Motorcyclist Keith Jantoc died last April when a sport utility vehicle struck him on the town-bound lanes of the H-1 Freeway near the Kunia on ramp. Jantoc, 25, of Mililani, died from blunt force injury to the head, neck and torso. He was wearing a helmet.
Honolulu police later found Andrade’s full-size SUV abandoned in parking lot near the Home Depot Pearl City store with front end damage and motorcycle parts stuck in its grille.