ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Mallorie Chavez has proven she is a really bad driver, but a judge on Friday decided she does not need to be behind bars.
Chavez was looking at up to 4 1/2 years for driving without a license and other charges from March 2009 she hit then-6-year-old Kaylin Ford, who was trying to cross Atrisco Drive in southwest Albuquerque.
The little girl suffered serious injuries .
Chavez didn't have a license because she was never able to pass a driver's test.
Last week she pleaded no-contest to great bodily harm by vehicle and to drug charges in a separate case.
"There are no words that can explain how deeply sorry I am with this tragic accident happened," Chavez said during her sentencing hearing. "Over the past 3 1/2 years Kaylin Marie has been in my thoughts and prayers every single day."
The judge agreed to sentence Chavez to probation after hearing it was what the victim's family wanted and hearing Chavez express remorse.
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