I-75 crash survivor, Lidiane Carmo, could be deported

Members of a Georgia church are reeling after the loss of five congregation members in this weekend's deadly I-75 pile-up.

"I am still in shock, I'm traumatized," Weberson Barbosa said through a translator Tuesday night.

Barbosa was driving one of the church vans involved in the horrific Florida wreck early Sunday morning, the multi-vehicle crash in darkness, fog and smoke that killed five people from one family.

He and the other survivors, along with other members of Marietta's Church of the Restoration, where Jose Carmo was one of the founding pastors, are all still in shock at the deaths.

In the other church van were Carmo, his wife, Adriana, their 17 year old daughter, Leticia, his brother Edsom and the brother's girlfriend, Rose DaSilva.

The 15-year-old daughter, Lidiane, who survived and is still in a Gainesville hospital, was told Tuesday that her immediate family is gone.

The family moved to the U.S. from Brazil 12 years ago.

They were undocumented.

Relatives who want Lidiane to live with them in the U.S. fear she may be deported.

"I hope that she lives here with us," said Marcia Silvia, one of the crash survivors and a member of the church. "The church is her family, now. I hope that she stays here."

Lidiane is a freshman at Sprayberry High School.

Leticia was a junior there.

At a church meeting Tuesday night, Brazil's deputy consul general in Atlanta, Ana Rodrigues, offered the government's condolences, but could not promise any help or hope.

"Immigration issues are a matter of the American government," Rodrigues said.

And she was not able to say whether the Brazilian government would be able to consider the family's request for financial help to fly the bodies back to Marietta for the funerals, and to Brazil for the burials.

"I can't say yes or no, it's impossible, because I can't make this decision," she told the congregation.

"I would like for them to come and really feel our pain and help us take action," said Barbosa, praying that someone, the Brazilian government as well as his Cobb County neighbors, would be able to join the survivors in trying to raise enough money to transport the bodies, conduct the funerals, and honor and bury their loved ones.

The church is asking anyone who can help to donate to the Carmo Family Funeral Fund at any branch of Bank of America.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments