Friday, April 20, 2018
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Dentist's DUI manslaughter trial set in 2010 South Tampa deaths

TAMPA — A date has been set for the trial of Matthew Moye, the Riverview dentist accused of driving drunk and running off the road on the Harbour Island Bridge in 2010, killing two.

On Thursday, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Kimberly Fernandez set Dec. 9 as the date for Moye's trial on DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges in the Oct. 30, 2010, deaths of pedestrians Douglas Kozar and Kate Kohlier.

Prosecutors say Moye, 37, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent, well above the 0.08 percent threshold at which Florida presumes impairment, when he sped onto the bridge at 89 mph.

They say he lost control of his 2011 Cadillac, which spun onto the sidewalk and hit Kozar, 23, and Kohlier, 24, who were leaving work at the Marriott Waterside Hotel. Both died instantly.

The trial comes nearly three years after the crash, extensive investigation and depositions of hundreds of witnesses. Moye, who lives in South Tampa and runs Big Bend Dental in Riverview, is free on bail with a suspended driver's license.

He also faces wrongful-death civil lawsuits filed by the Kozar and Kohlier families.

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