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Riverview dentist pleads guilty in DUI manslaughter case

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Moye's mugshot in 2010. He still had his Halloween makeup on when the mugshot was taken. Moye's mugshot in 2010. He still had his Halloween makeup on when the mugshot was taken.
Kate Kohlier, 24 Kate Kohlier, 24

Former Riverview dentist Matthew Moye plead guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter in the deaths of 24-year-old Kate Kohlier and 23-year-old Doug Kozar on Halloween weekend 2010.

Kohlier and Kozar had just finished working at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Tampa and they were walking across the bridge at Harbor Island to get to their cars at about 2:00 a.m.

Police say at that time, Moye was driving back from a Halloween party with his wife and one other woman in their Cadillac. Police say Moye was traveling at high speed, lost control and slammed into the side of the bridge and into Kohlier and Kozar.

The young hotel workers died from their injuries.

At the scene, police say Moye seemed unaware that he had just hit two people and his wife seemed more concerned about the damage to their $100,000 vehicle.

Police say Moye's blood alcohol level was .13, well above the limit of .08 that someone is considered to be driving impaired in the state of Florida.

Prosecutors say Moye reached a speed of 89 miles per hour on the bridge that night.

On Thursday a judge sentenced him to 12 years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation.

Then the victims’ families were allowed to address Moye for the first time.

Russ Kozar, the father of Doug Kozar first read a letter he had written to his son after his death.

With tears he read, "My heart is broken and I know it will never heal. The morning I received the phone call about the crash, it changed my life forever."

He then spoke directly to Moye, "I have no forgiveness for you and I have no sympathy. I think you're an arrogant, narcissistic despicable individual who believes the law pertains to everyone else accept himself."

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His legal problems will not end as Cindy Collins, the mother of Kate Kohlier, has filed a civil lawsuit against Moye, asking for damages in a wrongful death case.

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