Grandmother of seven-year-old girl dies in crash in car driven by stepmother speaks out

Read the devastated grandmother’s words to a limp stepmother who murdered a seven-year-old girl when she fell asleep at the wheel after a drug addiction and crashed head-on into another car

  • Amber Allen died in a horror two-car collision in Yallourn North in October 2018
  • Seven-year-old stepmother Kylie Allely fell asleep at the wheel after drug addiction
  • Grandma Said Her Life And Soul Was ‘Broken Into A Million Pieces’
  • Allely pleaded guilty to four charges, will be heard again on December 15










The grandmother of a seven-year-old girl who was killed when her stepmother fell asleep at the wheel after a drug addiction has told a court her life has been “broken into a million pieces”.

Amber Allen died in a horror crash when a car driven by Kylie Allely collided with another vehicle at over 100 km/h on the wrong side of the road in Yallourn North, about two hours east of Melbourne, in October 2018.

The 32-year-old suffered from rebound fatigue after consuming meth days earlier.

Amber Allen (pictured), 7, died in a horror crash when a car driven by Kylie Allely at over 100 km/h collided with another vehicle on the wrong side of the road near Yallourn North in October 2018

Allely used the drug every two weeks while her two young children, along with her stepdaughter Amber, returned to the care of her ex-partner Gareth Allen.

Amber died in hospital, while Allely’s five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter were seriously injured in the crash.

“My life and soul have been shattered into a million pieces,” Amber’s grandmother Elizabeth Allen told Victorian County Court on Friday.

“The fear of seeing Amber being loaded into an air ambulance still makes me wake up in a cold sweat. It is not only her death that I will mourn, but all her hopes and dreams.

Allely suffered rebound fatigue after consuming methamphetamine days earlier (Image: Emergency services on site in October 2018)

Allely suffered rebound fatigue after consuming methamphetamine days earlier (Image: Emergency services on site in October 2018)

“She will never go to high school, never go out, have a first kiss or first job, learn to drive, get married or have children of her own.”

Mrs. Allen’s heart still skips a beat when she sees a girl’s ponytail in a crowd.

“But then the desolation hits me, because it’s not Amber and it never will be,” she said.

“The feeling of hopelessness and emptiness is overwhelming. I can’t always remember how to breathe.’

Kelly Bounds, her teenage son Ethan Bounds and his best buddy, Brett Lucas, were also seriously injured in the crash while on their way to a skate park in Moe.

Amber's grandmother Elizabeth Allen told Victorian County Court on Friday that her

Amber’s grandmother Elizabeth Allen told Victorian County Court on Friday that her “life and soul has been shattered into a million pieces” (Photo: Aerial view of the accident site)

Ethan and Brett struggled to finish high school and suffered lingering physical and mental repercussions, the court was told.

“My parents say I got into a car as a kid and another came out,” Lucas said in a statement.

Prosecutor David Cordy said Allely was seen driving erratically in the moments before the crash.

She pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving resulting in death, two counts of dangerous driving resulting in serious injury, and one count of endangering persons.

Allely has pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving resulting in death, two counts of dangerous driving resulting in serious injury and one count of conduct that endangers persons (Image: Accident scene)

Allely has pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving resulting in death, two counts of dangerous driving resulting in serious injury and one count of conduct that endangers persons (Image: Accident scene)

“Her driving was well below the required standard,” said Mr. Cordy.

Allely’s attorney, Rishi Nathwani, said Friday during the pre-sentence hearing that his client had shown great remorse and remorse.

“No punishment the court imposes on her comes close to the punishment she will inflict on herself until the day she dies,” Nathwani told the court.

The attorney also read aloud from a statement Allely wrote.

“There are no words to describe how sorry I am for my daughter Amber,” she said.

“I’d give anything, even my own life, to make her shine here again.”

Allely, who is still on bail, is expected to be heard again on December 15.

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