HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In May 2016, Alisha Brown was leaving a party in Ewa Beach when a car intentionally plowed into the group she was walking with, throwing her into the air like a rag doll.
Brown, 18 at the time, was critically injured — her injuries so severe she was placed in a medically-induced coma.
On Wednesday, Brown addressed driver Malik Morton in court at his sentencing hearing.
Holding back tears, she told him that he could have left the party peacefully.
Instead, she said, “you made the decision to turn around, aim your car and run directly into me."
“At that moment and a long time after, you killed me. You took away everything meaningful to me. You took away my ability to breathe on my own, to speak, to move my body, to open my eyes, to think or even remember my mom and dad’s names.”
She added: “To this day, I am not the same person as the moment you plowed your car into me.”
In court, Morton looked directly at Brown as she described the injuries she suffered when he plowed his silver Hyundai into her and her friends two years ago.
“Do you know you left me in a hospital unconscious, helpless and in a coma for over a month?" she said. "Do you know I spent months learning how to walk, talk and breathe again?”
Under a deal with prosecutors, Morton pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to 18 months. He’s being credited for the 16 months he already served — and so only has two more months to serve behind bars.
Morton must also pay restitution to his victims of $113,000.
Brown suffered skull and facial fractures as well as collapsed lungs after being hit. One other person also sustained serious injuries.
Morton was initially charged with first-degree attempted murder and faced life in prison.
But in July, he reached a plea deal — one that hasn’t sat well with his victims.
“In many ways, you killed me Malik Morton. You need to know the extreme extent your actions caused me,” Brown said in court on Wednesday.
Then, addressing the court, she added: “I think Malik Morton has to serve additional time to really understand the crime he committed and the immense suffering he caused to me and my family. He stole my memories and changed my life forever."
Morton was also given a chance to respond to his victims. With it, he took the opportunity to apologize.
“Alisha Brown, I apologize to you from the bottom of my heart. I never intended to hurt you. I pray for you every day,” he said, holding his hand over his heart. “I have changed your life and I apologize for that.”