Teen recovering after being badly burned when argument in another car leads to crash

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For a teenager, that senior year of high school is one of the best.

Prom, graduation, senior pictures, but for one Memphis teen, every day is a struggle.

17-year-old M’Leia Allen was struck by a car back in July and has been in the hospital ever since.

Tiffany Allen said her daughter is getting better every day while in the rehabilitation center, but she’s not the same smiling teen who was a cheerleader, ran track, and played volleyball.

“She’s been in the Regional One facility going on three months now. She was in ICU for two months. She was badly injured, badly burned, road rash, her teeth, very severe,” said Allen.

Since July 9, Tiffany Allen said she’s spent every evening in the hospital and then the Regional One rehabilitation center as her daughter, M’Leia, recovers from a car accident.

“From what I know, a couple was having a fight in the car and the lady in the passenger seat grabbed the wheel and when she grabbed the wheel, it clipped M’Leia’s car, causing it to flip and she was ejected from the vehicle,” Allen said.

M’Leia was a passenger in the car and her injuries are extensive.

Allen said 75 percent of the teen’s body was badly burned.

“The scars are gonna last a lifetime. She woke up one day with a perfect body and then now she’s waking up to a different body, There’s been skin grafts, there’s been burns, there’s been removal of hair,” said Allen.

A police affidavit said the people who allegedly caused this accident were Alfred Williams and Tiajuana Burnett and it said Burnett told police it all started with an argument that turned physical.

Eventually, it said, Burnett grabbed the wheel, striking Allen’s vehicle.

Records show they were both charged with reckless endangerment, domestic assault, and more, and were released on bond.

For the 17-year-old’s mom, she said it’s difficult to know they may never serve time in jail.

“I just feel there’s no consequence to their actions. They’re not getting in trouble for what they’ve done to my baby. She’s missing out on her senior year. Mentally this is hard for her. She just got to feel the sun yesterday. She hadn’t been outside since July 9,” Allen said.

Allen said M’Leia is learning how to walk and talk all over again and doctors hope she can be discharged from the rehabilitation center by the end of October.

To help the Allen family with any medical costs, you can donate to a GoFundMe here.