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Waipahu couple still reeling from drunk-driving accident

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

While Jones Ilon stood in a courtroom and was sentenced to ten years for negligent homicide, Felimon Batacan went through another session of physical rehab for injuries caused by Ilon's drinking and driving.

"Lower back. My hip gets painful. Memory loss," he said.

The Batacan's Toyota forerunner was struck head on in March 2012. Ilon was behind the wheel of a car that went the wrong way on Nimitz highway. His passenger was killed. Ilon's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit.

"He seriously injured two completely innocent people who were just driving down the highway going about their business," Circuit Court judge Glenn Kim said.

"I cannot feel in both my arms. And then something pinches in my chest," Caroline Batacan said.

The husband and wife were on their way to work when the accident happened. They say they can't work fulltime because of their injuries. They have fallen behind on bills. Their savings is gone and they struggle to pay the rent.

"If not that accident happen to us, we buy a house already," Caroline Batacan said.

Ilon pleaded no contest to the charges. He was also sentenced to two five-year terms for injuring the Batacans.

"He shouldn't have been driving. He knows that. But this was not the situation where he was just in a reckless abandon," defense attorney Victor Bakke said.

"I'm really sorry. It won't happen again," Ilon told the judge.

"I feel sorry for him because if he no drink and drive, it never happen to him," Felimon Batacan said.

"We have plenty loss. Lost job and lost income," Caroline Batacan said.

"They pawned their last piece of jewelry in order to pay the house, the rent, the utilities," deputy prosecutor Kristin Yoo said.

It's been two years since the accident. Felimon Batacan walks with a cane.  He can't stay on his for very long. He is still being treated for a blood clot in the back of his head.

"Most of the time when I sleep, nightmare. That's ridiculous," he said.

The Batacans said Ilon's choice to drink and drive cost their family dearly, and they are still paying for it.

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