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Readers react to powerful photo




Summer Moll has dozens of breaks in her little 4-year-old bones. She has been at Tampa General Hospital for two weeks, since the day an SUV came barreling the wrong way on the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway west of Brandon and smashed into her mother's car.

On the day of the crash, authorities said, Cheryl Marie Riemann, 25, drove the wrong way on the lower ramp of the Crosstown and hit O'Boyle's car near the 78th Street Exit. Deputies said Riemann had a blood-alcohol level of 0.244, three times the level at which the law says a driver is impaired.

Summer's grandmother, Tammy Rosian, wanted everyone to see a picture of Summer, to see what drunken driving can do to a family, so she released photos of the child's damaged body in her hospital bed.

Here's a sampling of what readers have said about the photo:

Katie: "Even if grandma wanted it published, it doesn't mean it should be. Tasteless."

Mary: "You should put this photo up @ every bar & every high school in the US. Along w/ the cost of a DUI. I've been wondering why we don't train drivers w/ simulation machines like we do pilots. Everyone should know just how many drinks it takes to kill."

Pasco mom: I hope she'll see this photo as a testament to all she's come through to reach that future place she will look back from."

Sabrina: "Hopefully, people will (see) this picture and not drink and drive."

Justme: "I think Cheryl Riemann should have to look at this photo of Summer daily to remind her what she has done to this little girl."

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[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:44pm]


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