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Girl who survived crash expected to leave hospital

TAMPA — The young girl who survived the head-on crash that killed her mother is expected today to leave the hospital where she has spent the past five weeks.

Summer Moll still has casts on her arms and pins in her legs from the Sept. 10 crash on the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway but is no longer comatose. She speaks softly and can eat regular food.

Doctors want to give the 4-year-old a few weeks of respite at home before she returns to Tampa General Hospital for several months of intensive in-patient rehabilitation.

She will live for now with her maternal grandmother, who was granted temporary custody on Thursday over the objections of the child's father.

Tammy Rosian, whose daughter Jennifer O'Boyle died after another woman drove the wrong way with a 0.244 blood-alcohol level, said she sought custody of her granddaughter because she wants Summer to get to know her father better before moving in with him.

"I'm willing to work out something with the father," Rosian said.

Joshua Moll has moved from Texas to Tampa on a "semipermanent basis," his attorney, Theodore Rechel, said Thursday. He arrived here the day after the wreck, Rechel said, and has since gotten a job, an apartment and training on how to care for Summer's medical needs.

"He has been to the hospital virtually every day for many, many hours per day," the attorney said.

Rechel said state child welfare workers planned to recommend that Summer be placed with Moll but Hillsborough Circuit Judge Martha Cook did not permit any testimony at the hearing.

The custody issue will be re-addressed at a future hearing.

"This is simply round one," Rechel said. "Mr. Moll would like to raise his child. This is his only priority."

Girl who survived crash expected to leave hospital 10/16/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 6:32am]
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