Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dentist's DUI manslaughter trial set in 2010 South Tampa deaths

Riverview dentist Matthew Moye hit a top speed of 89 mph seconds before hitting pedestrians on the Harbour Island bridge on Oct. 30, 2010, killing two, according to prosecutors. Moye faces charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the deaths of Douglas Kozar and Kate Kohlier and will go on trial Dec. 9.

Courtesy of Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office

Riverview dentist Matthew Moye hit a top speed of 89 mph seconds before hitting pedestrians on the Harbour Island bridge on Oct. 30, 2010, killing two, according to prosecutors. Moye faces charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the deaths of Douglas Kozar and Kate Kohlier and will go on trial Dec. 9.

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.

Dentist's DUI manslaughter trial set in 2010 South Tampa deaths 10/24/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 8:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Shakeup on Adam Putnam campaign

    Blogs

    In a sign of unsteadiness for what  had  looked like a strong-out-of-the-gate Adam Putnam campaign, the Republican frontrunner suddenly fired his campaign manager and political director. Hard-charging Campaign manager Kristin Davis and political director Jared Small were two of the three outsiders to join …

    Putnam campaigning in Destin the other day as part of his 22-city bus tour
  2. Rays let early lead get away again in loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As pleased as the Rays were to win consecutive series against the contending Red Sox, Indians and Yankees and to get briefly back over .500, there was a lot of talk in the clubhouse before Monday's game against the Angels that it was time to do better.

    Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo (25) high fives designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) as he rounds third on his lead off home run in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, May 22, 2017.
  3. Tampa man arrested for killing man in his USF-area home

    Crime

    TAMPA — A Tampa man was arrested Monday in the death of man found killed at a home in the University of South Florida area last week, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

    Kadeem Dareem Archibald, 26, was arrested Monday on a  second degree murder charge in the University Area killing of Khando Kerr. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Report: Trump asked intel chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence

    National

    President Donald Trump asked two of the nation's top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, the Washington Post reports, citing current and former officials.

    From  left, CIA Director Mike Pompeo; Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats; and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers take their seats on Capitol Hill on May 11 before  testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on major threats facing the U.S. [Associated Press]
  5. For Gov. Rick Scott, 'fighting' could mean vetoing entire state budget

    State Roundup

    Every day, Gov. Rick Scott is getting a lot of advice.

    The last time a Florida governor vetoed the education portion of the state budget was in 1983. Gov. Bob Graham blasted fellow Democrats for their “willing acceptance of mediocrity.”