Car crash victim reacts to sentencing

Grants Pass, Ore. — More than a year after the 2015 car crash that killed 15-year-old Aryen Chambers – the driver, Breanna White was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

There were three other passengers that night who sustained life-threatening injuries when White, who was driving drunk, crashed into a tree.

For one victim, 18 years, is just not enough.

An emotional sentencing hearing came to a head as we heard the dramatic phone call from one of the girls moments after the fatal crash.

17-year-old Alexis Souza was one of White’s four passengers. Her injuries were so severe, doctors didn’t think she would survive.

“This scar right here, there was no skin on my head to close the wound,” Souza said.

Souza’s neck was broken in two places, an injury to her leg required surgery, and she suffered traumatic brain trauma.

“I had to relearn how to walk, talk it was basically being a baby again. I had to relearn how to swallow, how to hold my own bowels,” Souza said.

They’re injuries that will affect her for the rest of her life.

“I’ll just be standing here and sometimes I’ll get dizzy random and like there’s some things, that it just sucks,” Souza said.

While Souza’s life is forever changed – her friend’s was cut short. It’s that loss, Souza will remember forever.

“It’s sad that a life had to be lost to finally do something,”  Souza said.

Souza will still have to undergo several procedures within the next year, as a result of the car crash.

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