Family releases first post-crash pic of pileup victim
A photo given exclusively to CNN shows Lidiane Carmo at a Florida hospital after a wreck killed most of her immediate family.
February 10th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

Family releases first post-crash pic of pileup victim

The family of a Brazilian teenager who was injured in a multivehicle wreck in Florida last month - a wreck that killed at least 11 people, including four of her relatives, amid dense fog and smoke from a brush fire - has released the first post-crash picture of her exclusively to CNN.

Lidiane Carmo, 15, is progressing at Shands at the University of Florida hospital, where she has been since the January 29 wreck on I-75 outside Gainesville, one of her uncles said.

The case of Lidiane, who has lived in the United States for most of her life, drew widespread attention after church members said she was an illegal immigrant, and they were afraid she could face deportation. But federal officials said last week that she would be allowed to stay in the United States.

Her father, Jose Carmo, was a pastor at International Church of the Restoration in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Lidiane came to the United States from Brazil when she was only 2, another pastor at the church told CNN; the family stayed in the United States after their visas expired, CNN affiliate WSB reported.

Jose Carmo; his wife, Adriana; their daughter Leticia; Jose's brother Edsom Carmo; and a companion were killed the in the wreck. Edsom Carmo was driving one of the church's vans.

The Carmo family's bodies were transported to Marietta on Wednesday, and a funeral is scheduled for Monday at a separate Atlanta-area church. Lidiane wants to attend but cannot leave the hospital, her uncle said.

"She is like any regular American girl. (But) she wasn't born here," the Rev. Aron Amazonas said last week. "She acts like an American girl. She almost can't speak the Portuguese language. She doesn't know the people there."

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  1. Luke E. Lou

    Yummy. Nothing like a sneak peak at a first look post mortem to get the juices flowing. Rubbernecker paradise.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Debbie S.

      Um...SHE didn't die; her family did. Read much?

      February 10, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Thinking7

    Poor girl. I can only imagine how she must feel. I pray blessings for this girl – that she may be overwhelmed with love from the community and her church.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Calvin

      Amen.

      February 10, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Sybaris

      Prayer does nothing but waste time doing..........nothing. It would be more beneficial to actually visit the person instead of "praying it in".

      February 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hayzeus

      Good thinking Thinking7,
      Maybe you should go visit this poor girl and tell her to her face that her family is not going to heaven and that her prayers are not heard because, according to you, there is no God. You insensitive piece of sh!t!

      February 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Annie

    That's so great! I'm very happy that she survived... my condolences to her for her loss, however. Crazy...

    February 10, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Duane

    I saw the video on this, almost looked like a Hollywood stunt gone bad. I am glad she survived, but the grief she feels must be heavy. I hope one day she finds peace

    February 10, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Noe

    I hope she has a speed recovery, so she can be reintroduced to her home country of Brazil.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • David RIce

      You heartless monster. I challenge you to stare at her picture for 10 seconds, think about her hoffiic loss, and say that again. Shocking and shameful beyond words. David Rice in Austin.

      February 10, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Iris

      Noe.. too bad she isn't going... next....

      February 10, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Lynne

      Yet another illegal alien being rewarded for breaking the law. When will it stop!!

      February 10, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • JamesT

      Yes Lynne, by all means lets punish her for a crime she committed when she was 2 years old. She should have certainly known better.
      Did she even know she was in this country illegally? Maybe her parents didn't tell her, I haven't seen anything in the news that answers that question.
      Her parents did stay here illegally and if they had survived the accident then faced deportation then at least she would have been sent back with someone she knows and who had lived in Brazil.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • helicohunter

      Soo.. send her to live in a country she doesn't remember with a language she doesn't speak, and where she will either be on the street or live with complete strangers. Yep, that sounds like "good Christian values"

      February 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      And Lynne...
      How is she breaking the law? Idiot

      February 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gloria

    I wish her all the best. I hope she grows up to be a great woman who wants for nothing.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jannynet

    It sounds like she will be surrounded by a loving community once she recovers. She will need it to help recover from the emotional trauma of losing her family. R.I.P. to them and prayers and best wishes to her.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. kat

    Although I feel sorry for her loss, she is still an illegal immigrant and we the taxpayers are probably going to be picking up her hospital tab. So the story reads "she will not be deported" why? Who will then foot the bills when she is released from the hospital? this has to stop! Come to the country legally!

    February 10, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • carolinamaya

      I do not condonne illegal immigration. However you can use my taxes to pay for her hospital bill, as I am a christian and one of the main concepts of my faith is compassion.

      February 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany

      i'll donate money on top of my taxes going to help this girl. You people should be ashamed of yourselves. This family was very kind and compassionate and would feed you if you were hungry and lend an ear if you needed it. You have no right being so disrespectful because illegal or not they have/had more compassion than you probably will ever have in your whole lifetime.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Neece

    Praise Jesus. The Lord must have a special plan for her. I pray for a speedy recovery! I'm happy for her that she gets to remain in the only country she knows!

    February 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. James

    I'm glad that she's being allowed to stay. But how much different is she from the thousands of other illegals other than losing her family which is of course extremely tragic? Why make an excpetion for her as opposed to the rest? And what about the recent story on CNN about the illegal 21 year old woman from Colorado who was actually applying for citizenship and was sent back to Ciuadad, Mexico, one of the most dangerous cities in the world where her husband was killed. At least she was going through proper channels to become a citizen and was STILL sent out of country.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GailScott

    Here's hoping you have a speedy recovery. We're rooting for you and we want that beautiful smile to stay on your face. Wishing you the very best!

    February 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. umm ok

    Put a rush on the paperwork, let her take a loan out if she has to, and let's make her a US citizen so she can pay some taxes. She's never been to Brazil,fine dont make her go back (although that still technically not right) but why can't she get well, become a US citizen, and pay some taxes to help contribute to the hospital bills she racked up?

    Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country (assuming she wants USA to be her country)

    February 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. davis

    women drivers

    February 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Not even CLOSE to funny.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jag0419

    Pretty girl. So sad for her family but I'm glad she pulled through.

    She's an illegal through no fault of her own. One of millions. I'm surprised the Republicans, the Family Values Party, haven't already had her deported back to Brazil.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Stephanie

    I hope the posters who are so hung up on her status and apparently who is footing her hospital bill, never experience a tragedy or loss in the way this young girl has. God bless her and best wishes for her.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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