In January, a Houston teenager tweeted out a photo of her posing on I-610 with heavy traffic behind her.
Since then, the image has resurfaced and Robyn Godina, 17, has been dealing with criticism that accuses her of slowing down traffic to take a picture.
The photo brings back memories of a 2015 video that showed a Houston man stopping traffic on I-45 to propose to his girlfriend — a move for which he ended up having to pay a fine, do community service and make a public apology.
But Godina, a senior in high school, said the controversial image doesn’t tell the full story.
“My dad, sister and I were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic,”Godina told Chron.com. “There was a minor accident 4 cars ahead of us, luckily no one was hurt.”
“It was just a matter of the cops getting there,” she said. “Stuck in traffic for almost an hour I decided to get out and get some air while my dad turned the car off.”
While outside of the vehicle, Godina said her father suggested she take a picture.
Since being tweeted almost 9 months ago, the image has received frequent and negative response from social media users.
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Despite the criticism, Godina said she doesn’t regret sharing the image.
“I can honestly say it hasn’t really affected me much, I’m still the same me, it’s just interesting to see how the tweet is literally everywhere and how people take it,” Godina said. “Not all is bad, there’s random people defending me as well as people complementing me! So the whole post was okay in a way.”
“Now I have a senior ride picture for the yearbook,” she added.
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