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A fundraiser was held on April 25, 2009 for Summer Moll, a victim of a drunk driving accident this past September. A driver Cheryl Riemann was going the wrong way on the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway smashed head-on into Summer and her mother, Jennifer O’Boyle. O’Boyle died at the scene. The driver faces charges of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter. Five year old Summer was critically injured in the crash, leaving her in critical condition with a fractured skull. She additionally broke both of her forearms, a thigh, a knee and an ankle. Summer has already gone through numerous surgeries, and is scheduled for more this September. These surgeries have resulted in immense medical bills, which are expected to total over three million dollars.
The fundraiser at Woody’s B-B-Q at 203 W. Alexander St. in Plant City hopes to relieve the family of some of these expenses. All proceeds will go directly into a trust fund for Summer. The event consists of a car and bike show from 4 to 8 p.m., oldies music donated by Music Etc., discounted food, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.
Since the loss of her mother, Summer has been in the temporary custody of her grandparents Art and Tammy Rosian. Although she has begun to recover from the accident, pins, scrapes and stitches still cover her body. Additionally, the little girl is now guarded about others touching her. “With all of the pain she has gone through,” Art Rosian said, “I think subconsciously every time someone touches her she thinks they are hurting her.” Summer will soon have to re-enter Tampa General Hospital for up to three months of intensive rehabilitation.
The inspirational story of Summer Moll’s recovery has greatly affected the local community. This fundraiser is just one of many that have been held to support Summer and her family.
Since first reporting on this story four years ago. An estimated $11,000 was raised for Summer’s trust fund. Now eight year old Summer Moll was adopted by her grandmother and Cheryl Riemann was sentenced to 15 years in prison, in addition to community service and 5 years of probation after here release.
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