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Hillsborough Dentist Charged with Two Counts of DUI Manslaughter
Riverview dentist Matthew R. Moye was 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 this weekend after a single car accident that killed two pedestrians.
Police report that Moye was speeding on the Harbour Island bridge at about 2 a.m., Saturday morning when he hit a curb and lost control of his Cadillac. The car crossed into the on-coming lane and onto the sidewalk. Doug Kozar and Kate Kohlier were pedestrians on the sidewalk.
Kozar and Kohlier, according to authorities, were pronounced dead at the scene. A third pedestrian, Joao Armando Fonseca Barbosa, reportedly broke his ankle after jumping out of the way. The three pedestrians worked at Marriott Waterside Hotel and were leaving work when the accident happened.
Moye, his wife, Kelly, and another female passenger were not injured in the crash. Moye practices in Riverview, in south Hillsborough County.
According to an arrest report, Moye argued with a police officer at the scene and slapped the officer’s hand, resulting in the battery of a law enforcement officer charge.
On Aug. 7, a Hillsborough County deputy cited Moye for doing 90 mph in a 55 mph zone, records show. Moye pleaded no contest and was ordered to attend advanced defensive driving school by December; adjudication was withheld. Moye also pleaded no contest after being cited by Tampa police for doing 82 mph in a 65 mph zone in August 2009. He paid a fine and adjudication was withheld.
If Moye is convicted of DUI manslaughter, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of four years imprisonment under Florida law. The maximum sentence for the charge is 15 years in prison. Those sentences can run concurrent to one another (i.e., run at the same time) or consecutively to each other (i.e., one sentence following the completion of the first).