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Hit-and-run victim says driver's sentence was too lenient

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RENTON, Wash. -- She was left for dead during her morning run, and her scattered belongings at the scene were all investigators had to go on.

Tips led to an arrest, but Rosalind Hall wants a more complete sense of justice.

Hall was that woman left for dead. Now she's had 12 surgeries, but no memory of why she has to have them.

"I remember nothing until waking up in the hospital," Hall said.

Last July she was jogging her normal route at 8 a.m. along Lake Washington in Renton. That's when police say Garrett Bakken slammed into her and never looked back.

Police say he was drunk.

She'll remember the challenges from rehab and her injuries that will never heal.

"I have metal in my right leg, my left knee and my right arm," Hall said.

She'll also remember the plea deal Bakken took this week. He will get six months of work release -- typical for a first time offender. Hall wants more punishment -- to match the challenges that will linger after those six months.

"Have him be without the use of his arms and his legs. He can't go to the bathroom. He can't feed himself," she said.

She wants tougher laws to get support in the legislature, so others will stop drinking behind the wheel.

"To see how that feels, to have those things that you're so used to every single day of your life taken away from you in the blink of an eye," she said.