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Survivor of fatal Harbour Island bridge crash sues driver

TAMPA — Two days after a fatal crash killed two of his co-workers and injured his ankle, a Marriott employee filed a lawsuit against the dentist who hit them as they walked across the Harbour Island Bridge.

Joao Barbosa now uses a wheelchair and has not been back to work since Matthew Moye, 34, was accused of driving drunk, speeding and losing control of his Cadillac Oct. 30, said Jose Toledo, Barbosa's attorney. His client broke his ankle jumping away from the car that hit his co-workers.

Tampa police arrested Moye, who practices at Big Bend Dental in Riverview, and charged him with two counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence with property damage or personal injury and battery on a law enforcement officer.

He was released from jail Sunday on $119,000 bond.

Toledo and Barbosa, a maintenance worker, filed the auto negligence suit Monday for damages exceeding $15,000.

"Nobody wants justice delayed," Toledo said. "Prosecutors are not waiting to charge the defendant so we think the civil justice side can move contemporaneously. Why wait?"

Barbosa, 47, is single and has no children. He lacks the built-in support system a family provides, Toledo said.

"It's pretty traumatic to witness the death of two people you work with," he said.

Survivor of fatal Harbour Island bridge crash sues driver 11/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 5, 2010 11:16pm]
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