The lawyer for the woman who killed an Auckland teen in a hit-and-run says her client has been subject to death threats and abuse since sentencing.
Rouxle Le Roux, 19, was sentenced to 11 months' home detention and community service, after killing 15-year-old Nathan Kraatskow at a North Shore intersection in May.
She had consumed wine and cannabis earlier in the day.
Well over a 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the sentence to be appealed, and it was presented at Parliament by Nathan's parents yesterday.
Le Roux's lawyer Belinda Sellars said that her client has been badly affected by the torrent of abuse that has come her way.
"On Saturday night she had people outside her house, screaming that they want to kill her. She has been too afraid to sleep. It has been really frightening for her."
Sellars said many of the facts had not been in the public arena and had affected perceptions about the case.
"No one seems to have picked up the fact that the victim was crossing the road on a red light."
Sellars said the "noise" of social media sparked "knee-jerk" reactions.
"People are getting wound up without knowing the truth about the case and Le Roux. Contrary to the rumours, my client didn't get a lesser sentence because of her privilege and she did actually have a tough upbringing."