SALEM, Ore. (AP) _ Andrew Whitaker fantasized about running people down with his car, prosecutors said, right up until the moment he took aim at a 12-year-old girl and hit her so hard it knocked her out of her shoes.

Lisa Doell was killed instantly.

Now the 22-year-old Whitaker, who spent 2 1/2 years in state custody for manslaughter, is free and wants to drive again. He will have to wait until 2003 under new rules adopted Tuesday by the state after intense lobbying by the girl's father.

Whitaker now falls under the stricter 1995 penalties of the ``Lisa Doell Law,'' even though it was enacted two years after his conviction.

Like the 600 other people in Oregon who have been convicted of violent crimes involving a motor vehicle, Whitaker must undergo an eight-year driver's license revocation period; the waiting period began upon his release from prison in March 1995.

The Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division adopted the new rule under strong urging from Steve Doell, whose daughter was run down as she walked to her grandparents' home in Lake Oswego in 1992.

Police tracked Whitaker through a license plate found in the road. They were stunned when the 16-year-old driver told them, ``It wasn't an accident. I did it on purpose.''

Lisa was killed only an hour after Whitaker showed his teacher a poem he wrote called ``The People's Possum,'' which graphically described a possum being run over by a car.

``They've done the right thing,'' Doell said Tuesday. ``I don't think any rational person who reads Mr. Whitaker's writings would want to hand him the keys to a motor vehicle.''

Ten of Whitaker's jurors wanted to convict him of murder, but two held out for second-degree manslaughter after Whitaker claimed he suffered from long-term depression and was in a mental fog when his car struck Lisa.

Whitaker lawyer William Lyons said he planned to challenge the new rule.

Under the DMV's original interpretation of the law passed in September 1995, Whitaker's case would have fallen under the old law, meaning he would be eligible to have his license restored five years from the date of his 1993 conviction.

``It is clear that the Legislature did not want driving revocations to run concurrently with jail or prison time, and we have corrected this policy as a result of Mr. Doell's inquiry,'' said Mari Miller, manager of the DMV's program services unit.

Some of those affected by the rule change are on parole and ``driving now,'' Miller said. ``We have to weigh the public good against the rights of the individuals.''