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Estate sues dentist charged in Harbour Island bridge deaths

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By Yolanda Fernandez

The Tampa dentist charged in the death of two pedestrians run over last month has been sued again, and an attorney says whoever sold him alcohol might soon face a lawsuit as well.The estate of Kate Kohlier is suing Matthew R. Moye, who investigators say ran over and killed Kohlier and Doug Kozar on Oct. 30 while they were walking on the bridge to Harbour Island.

Moye already has been sued by Joao Barbosa, who was walking with Kohlier and Kozar and jumped into a bush to avoid being hit. Barbosa injured his ankle in the incident.

Moye, 34, of 3310 S. Ferdinand Ave., was arrested on two counts each of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence-manslaughter, and one count each of DUI with injury and battery on a law enforcement officer. He is free on bail.

Thomas Carey, the attorney for Cindy Collins, Kohlier's mother, said

a downtown Tampa business was reported to have served Moye alcohol before the collision, and it's possible the suit could be amended to include the business as a defendant, Carey said. Carey did not name the business.

"Apparently, he was overserved," Carey said.

"The message has been out there for decades," Carey said as Collins and Collins' sister, Kathy Basso, stood at his side during a press conference Wednesday morning. "It is the kind of tragedy that can be averted instantly."

Collins and Basso declined to speak.

Carey would not say how much Kohlier's estate is seeking in damages.

The attorney said Moye was driving up to 90 mph. One witness saw the sequence of events before Kohlier and Kozar were struck, and a camera outside the Tampa Marriott Waterside captured the incident on tape, Carey said.

Kohlier, a 24-year-old psychology student, was about a month from graduating from the University of South Florida. Kozar was a 23-year-old University of Tampa graduate. Barbosa is a 47-year-old father of two teens.

Kohlier was awarded her degree posthumously, Carey said.

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