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Riverview dentist charged in Harbour Island fatalities posts bail

TAMPA — A dentist who police say killed two pedestrians while driving drunk on Harbour Island was released from jail Sunday evening after posting bail.

Matthew R. Moye, 34, is charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of vehicular homicide, DUI with property damage or personal injury and battery on a law enforcement officer.

Moye left the Orient Road jail at 5:22 p.m. and declined to comment to a reporter.

Earlier in the day, a judge set bail at $119,000 for Moye, who police say lost control of his car early Saturday morning on the Harbour Island bridge.

Records show Moye posted a surety bond to meet the bail, which was set at $50,000 for each of the DUI manslaughter counts, $7,500 for each of the vehicular homicide counts, $2,000 for the DUI with property damage count and $2,000 for the battery on a law enforcement officer count.

Moye, a south Hillsborough County dentist, was speeding on the bridge in a black 2001 Cadillac coupe about 2 a.m. when he hit a curb and spun out of control, according to Tampa police.

The southbound car crossed into the bridge's northbound lane and onto the sidewalk. It slid down a guardrail and over several planters while hitting Doug Kozar and Kate Kohlier, police said.

Kohlier, 24, was killed instantly. Kozar, 23, was pushed over a guardrail and into a planter. He was pronounced dead in an ambulance.

A third pedestrian, Joao Armando Fonseca Barbosa, broke his ankle after jumping out of the way, police said.

"BZZZZZZ … the wheels spin, I call Doug, Doug, Kate, Kate, Kate. Run, run," Barbosa told Bay News 9.

"I try to run. The time I turn around, it's over. I turn around and face the back — no Kate and no Douglas," he said.

Kohlier, Kozar and Barbosa worked at the Marriott Waterside Hotel and were leaving work when the accident happened.

Moye, his wife, Kelly, and a passenger, Rachel Sady, were not injured in the crash. A police report says Moye became combative after being freed from the car and hit an officer's hand.

Moye practices at Big Bend Dental on Vail Ridge Drive in Riverview where he is the sole dentist, according to jail records. The company's website lists Kelly Moye as the operations manager. Sady, of Oldsmar, is licensed as a cosmetologist in Florida.

Times staff writers Richard Danielson and Ileana Morales and news researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

Riverview dentist charged in Harbour Island fatalities posts bail 10/31/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 6:25pm]

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