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Crash girl s family angry at sentence

The family of a 13-year-old girl seriously injured when a drunk driver crashed into their car believe the system has failed them.

Speaking to Channel 7 last night, the parents of the injured girl McKenzie Young said the sentence given to drunk driver Ashley King was not harsh enough.

"At what point did she not know it was illegal to drink and drive, to drive without a licence and to drive a stolen car," McKenzie's father Brian Young said.

King, 28, was sentenced to 12 months jail and will be eligible for parole six months after her sentence began.

She was driving a stolen car on the wrong side of the road in Huntingdale on August 16 last year when she hit the Youngs' car, carrying McKenzie, her parents and another passenger.

The crash left McKenzie with serious and possibly permanent injuries. She is paralysed on one side of her face, has vision and hearing loss and metal plates in her head.

McKenzie said she braced herself as the car came screaming across the road and then she blacked out.

"I just remember waking up on the road bleeding," she said.

She was taken to hospital with failing kidneys and shattered bones. The other occupants in the car all had minor injuries.

Her mother Lisa Young choked back tears as she remarked how strong McKenzie had been through the ordeal. "She has been strong for us - we just want her to get better," she said.

The West Australian

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