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. jay12312

    Well at least she won't have to worry about her medical bills because we will be paying those for her. And she won't get deported isn't that great break the law and get rewarded maybe if I rob a bank the government will buy my a house.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • GBG

      The girl lost her whole family and you want to whine? Go crawl back under a rock where your kind belong.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • 70Generation

      Shame on you Jay12312.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      Seriously? You're going to give Jay a hard time for wanting the law obeyed? If she hadn't been here illegally, her family would still be alive. I wish I could flagrantly violate United States laws and get rewarded for it.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      She didn't break the law, her parents overstayed their visa. They entered the country legally.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      Jay....Realist.....what makes you think that her parents didn't have health insurance?

      Realist.....what 'rewards' is she receiving?????

      February 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dfsfsdf

      Jay12312 are just a pathetic human being. You dont deserve to live with that kind of hate in your mind. My guess is you arejsut some loser failure who sits in front of his computer being a coward because he hates himself so much,

      February 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • David RIce

      I don't know why I continue to read these comments. My blood boils reading these monsters screaming about her status. Do you have NO SOUL? May you be spared the agony of losing your entire family. Absolutely sickening.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • San28

      Allowing this girl to stay in our country IS following the law. We allow unaccompanied minors (orphans) to apply for legal permanent residency so long as they are under the age of 21, have guardians, and are in school. NO exception was made for this girl just because she is Latino, but that IS the right the to do.

      February 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      She didn't break the law. It's not like it was her choose to come to this country she was so young. And if ya'll blame her family for the accident it wasn't. Get a life and actually realize what a immigrant has to go through. JERK!!!

      February 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue Linda

      jay12312 and Realist, you are a disgrace to this country! People like you, should be deported! Sorry, did I call you "people"? You must be so sick, to throw up so much garbage here! Let me remind you, that your grandpas (or great-grandpas) were also illegal immigrants once. Too bad they weren't deported back then, this way you wouldn't be here. This country was made of immigrants!! I believe that the "americans" who don't work, don't pay taxes, and commit crimes are the ones should be deported. Be quiet, please! Let the educated ones speak.

      February 12, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh The Inhumanity

      SHE did not break the law unless at 2 yrs old, walked across the border with full knowledge of what she was doing. I think we can pretty much determine the ages of some of the posters on here. If you've ever taken a child development class, you would see that these posts are nothing more than children seeking attention and looking for shock value. After they go through some trials in their lives., hopefully they will open up their hearts. That is a true sign of maturity

      February 18, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jag0419

    Are you a maroon? She didn't break a law. Two year olds can't break a law.

    As for paying her medical bills, I would much rather pay hers than subsidize yours. She's probably a much nicer. finer person, bitter one.

    Go back to your comic books.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      you mean better. Bitter would be YOU !

      February 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alumette

    complicated issues. On the human side, it is good to see her pretty little face smiling; on the legal side, it is a puzzle to figure out how she got here and how long her family stayed under the radar. Needs investigation....deportation ? who will pay her bills ? the US tax payers.....that who. It should be that church her parents were involved with. Every member of that organization should chip in money and pay her medical bills.....then they can adopt her so she can stay here or she can be deported back to Brazil.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      You're all so hang up on her hospital bills as if they reached the debt amount of Bush's wars. Yet you tolerated the guy for 8 years. Think about that

      February 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      You are ASSuming that the girl's family didn't have health insurance.

      Or......are you stupid enough to believe that only American citizens have health insurance????

      February 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Riptide80

      Stayed under the radar??? This was a contributing family. Her father was a pastor at a church, they were even on an outting. This girl was born here... Her parents came legally, over-stayed a visa, but made an incredible life for themselves. More than those that feed off foodstamps and welfare that are here "legally". You have blinders on which produce ignorant accusations and opinions. Please open your eyes and mind.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jag0419

      Dana: Right on. Lots of bitter people on this thread. They'll subsidize oil companies, but don't think they should subsidize this sweet child's medical bills, if in fact she has no insurance which she may have. Her parents worked. They were contributing members to society.

      Where are these people's morality or sense of humanity? This girl did nothing wrong. An American citizen who gets a parking ticket has violated the law. This girl has not.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cristina

    Poor girl... I bet the people who complain about medical bills probably do not pay that much in taxes in the first place. I hope she gets better both physically and mentally. Some of you have serious issues. If you are complaining, most likely you are such a loser in life.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patricia L

      That's true Cristina. Humans are discussing. I started reading the posts and my heart just dropped. I couldn't believe how much nonsense ppl was posting. So freaking sad.

      February 12, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. alumette

    a two year old will fall under the decisions her parents made. She was not born here and they were illegal so she is illegal. Be respectful of others who have opinions different than yours. You are rude and vulgar. These issues have nothing to do with the girl yet everything to do with her future. She will be adopted here or she will be deported. That's the law, dude.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. alumette

    that's....

    February 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Name*BJp

    Only in AMERICA !!! Hopefully that church will pay those medical bills.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ben

    Does anyone know how I can send a donation to help with her medical treatment?

    February 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jagsgrl

      you are a kind and caring person Ben, wish there were more like you

      February 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason B.

      I agree jagsgrl. As "decent" human beings, we have an obligation to help those less fortunate than us.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      Jason, tell that to 'alumette' 😉

      February 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • EmeraldCity

      Ben, the only effort that I know of is a Bank of America (I believe that's the one) account that has been started in the Carmo name. However I'm not sure where the moneys are being directed to. May have been for the church in order to help with the transportation and burial of the family. Perhaps the bank can give you a better update.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MBG

    Do you think that Jesus would ask about her nationality as a condition to providing critical care? Or ask her to pay for such care after losing her entire family? I think not. I pray for all of us because whether we agree or disagree, our faith - no matter your religion - is being questioned and I think some of us are not answering the call.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. evrgreen

    Message for "alumette" You are the bitter one, "dude". Talking about respect: you don't respect human nature or condition. Your comments are cold hearted. Unless you are native american (or a descendent) , why don't you go back to wherever your family came from?

    February 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alex

    But federal officials said last week that she would be allowed to stay in the United States.. And why did the Federal say that? Who gives them the right to play god when we have laws.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Realist

    So... what? We just cave to everyone who breaks the law because they undergo hardship? So she was brought over as a kid, so what? Ignorance of the law is no excuse for violating it. Her situation is terrible, no doubt, but she needs to be charged for her medical expenses LIKE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN WOULD and deported. If her church wants to pick up the tab, good for them, but taxpayers should not be forced to.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      She has NO family in Brazil. How is she gonna go back to a place she doesn't even know?

      February 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patricia L

      Wow Realist. You are just a sick person in the head. Feel sorry for you.

      February 12, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. leeintulsa

    as long as an american parent can go to jail because their little precious left a roach in the ashtray of the car, we have to adhere to the law.

    i wouldn't kick her out of the hospital until the brazilians came to get her. they can pick up the check then – they are socialist, she's brazilian.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      Hey Okie.....Brazil is a Democratic Republic.........like another country I can think of......

      February 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joel McHale

    The girl loses her entire family and some jackbag is complaining about $5000 in medical bills that the hospital will probably just eat in return for the positive press.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. leeintulsa

    people all over the world lose their families. sure, i feel for them all.

    i'm for immigration. and generally argue against minute men and walls.. but busted is busted. this case doesn't amount to much money, unless you add in all the ones who weren't in a terrible accident in florida that day..

    February 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
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