Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

On Tampa bridge where two young people died, daisies and a moment of silence

TAMPA — Two parents held hands as they walked Thursday afternoon over the Harbour Island bridge, leading about relatives, friends and co-workers mourning where two young people died.

Roy Kohlier and Cindy Collins clutched white daisies in memory of Kate Kohlier, who died early Saturday along with Douglas Kozar after leaving work at the Marriott Waterside Hotel downtown. Police say a drunken driver hit them, and another man who survived, as they walked across the bridge.

Kate Kohlier was 24. Kozar was 23.

"Katie was our daisy," Roy Kohlier said. "She'll live in our hearts forever."

Roads were closed to allow a moment of silence in the middle of the bridge. Katie Kohlier's parents knelt on a bench next to the railing and threw daisies into the bay. Kate's stepfather was also there.

Her father said this should be a lesson about the dangers of drunken driving. "It kills not only lives but hopes, dream and spirits," Kohlier said.

Fellow employees hugged, cried and threw more white flowers into the water.

Then they slowly walked back across the bridge, past a pile of bouquets left by their friends. And they went back into the hotel where they'd come from a private memorial for Kate.

On Tampa bridge where two young people died, daisies and a moment of silence 11/04/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 5, 2010 3:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Nurse backs Kriseman in St. Pete mayor's race

    Blogs

    Council member Karl Nurse has endorsed Mayor Rick Kriseman.

  2. Spring Hill woman, 24, dies when car hits tree in Pasco County

    Accidents

    LAND O' LAKES — A 24-year-old woman died early Saturday morning after her Hyundai Elantra hit a tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  3. Florida Insiders: We'll find out soon whether Adam Putnam has a glass jaw

    Blogs

    This month's Florida Insider Poll questions: Who would be the strongest Democratic/Republican nominee for governor? Whom do you expect will win the Democratic/Republican gubernatorial nomination? Which party …

    Florida Insider polls are unscientific surveys of Florida political operatives, money-raisers, lobbyists, political scientists, recovering journalists, activists, and the like
  4. Before Janessa Shannon's death, parents traded accusations of abuse

    Crime

    TAMPA — Long before Janessa Shannon's remains were discovered in a Hillsborough County nature preserve, her parents tried to convince court officials that she was in danger.

    From her own family.

    Janessa Shannon, 13, was found dead July 12 in the Triple Creek Nature Preserve in Hillsborough County. [National Center for Missing and Exploited Children]