Probation revoked for driver involved in deadly Mililani crash

Bernard Decoito, Jr.
Bernard Decoito, Jr.

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A driver who received probation for a deadly crash in Mililani four years ago was re-sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday.

Prosecutors say Bernard DeCoito, Jr. violated the terms of his probation by using drugs and alcohol, and failing to undergo substance abuse and mental health treatment. The mother of the teen who was killed in the fiery car wreck in February 2007 was in the courtroom Thursday, as Circuit Judge Karen Ahn revoked DeCoito's probation.

"At least he's not going to be victimizing anyone else for awhile," Michaele Badua, crash victim's mother, said.

Gillian Badua, 17, and Gavin Watson, 17, were passengers in a Volkswagon Jetta that spun out of control, jumped a curb and slammed into a tree. Watson suffered serious injuries, but survived. Their driver, Justin Amorin, was convicted of second-degree negligent homicide and second-degree assault, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say DeCoito contributed to the crash because he and Amorin were racing their vehicles.

"I speak for Gillian and Gavin. They never got second chances," Michaele Badua said. "(DeCoito) had it and he blew it."

DeCoito has since been arrested for allegedly breaking into a car in Waipio. He's set to go to trial next month.

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