WFLA: Tampa woman injured by drunk driver begs football fans to party safely

By Avery Cotton

Bars across the bay area are getting ready for Sunday’s big game, and for good reason. More people are expected to watch the game at a friend’s or restaurant instead of at home this year.

This weekend is a painful reminder for Tampa’s Robin Powell. She and her son were hit head on by a drunk driver in 2001.

“She had lost control of the wheels or her car. She crossed the median and hit us head-on. We never saw her coming. The crash was so bad, being hit head on,” said Powell.

Her neck was broken and her lungs collapsed. She was airlifted to the hospital where she remained for four months.

“All our deputies are trained to spot impared driving. We will have additional forces out on overtime this weekend,” said Colonel J.R. Burton with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.