Summer Moll faces drunk driver at sentencing hearing

December 15th, 2010 by Staff

TAMPA - The drunk driver who killed a mother and seriously injured her daughter in 2008 was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on Tuesday. Cheryl Reimann drove the wrong way on the Selmon Crosstown Expressway with a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit.

Her victim, 6-year old Summer Moll, still struggles daily with her injuries. Scars cover half of her head.

Summer was brought to court to meet the judge before the sentencing.

In court, Summer, who is still suffering from memory loss and cognitive difficulties, ending up asking the questions, as she peppered the judge with inquiries about his job. Summer had many in the courtroom smiling, as she seemed unaware of the serious nature of the proceeding. While Summer spoke, Reimann buried her face in her hands, appearing to cry.

The defense, meanwhile, brought up psychologists who said Cheryl Reimann needs help, not jail. She suffered through abuse, and turned to alcohol and prostitution.

Reimann herself broke down in court, tearfully apologizing for driving drunk and killing Jennifer O’Boyle and injuring Summer Moll. Reimann said she wished she had died instead of O’Boyle, and begged for her family’s forgiveness.

The judge seemed to be more affected by meeting Summer than Reimann’s apology, saying Reimann was “selfish” and could have gotten help years ago.

He gave her 15 years behind bars, with 5 years of probation.

Summer’s grandmother, Tammy Rosian, said she was satisfied with the sentence, but admitted it was a sad situation for everyone involved.

“No matter what, nobody is winning here. It’s not going to bring my daughter back and it’s not going to heal Summer,” Rosian said.

Summer just started school a few months ago. Her grandmother says she is doing well, but it’s clear she still has some issues as a result of the accident.

“She doesn’t know the ABCs. You can show her the letter A, she does not know it. They show her every day what the letter A is, and tell her, but she does not remember,” Rosian said.

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